St. Leonard’s Society of Canada (SLSC) is a membership-based, charitable organization dedicated to community safety. The first St. Leonard’s transitional residence opened its doors in Windsor in 1962 to welcome ex-prisoners and help them establish themselves in the community. The success of the program was soon recognized and it was duplicated in other cities, leading to the creation of the SLSC in 1967. Today staff provide policy and research work from Ottawa, as well as having member agencies across the country!


May 15, 2018

Bill C-66, the Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act (Expungement Act) is now in effect in Canada. This bill allows people who have previously been convicted of any of the LGBTQ2-related crimes listed in the Act to go through a free process to destroy their unjust convictions. Follow the links below for more information:

PBC Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act June 2018

CLCC La Loi Sur La Radiation de Condamnations Constituant Des Injustices Juin 2018

June 12, 2018

Annual Report 2017-18

May 15, 2018

Since November 2017, SLSC has been pleased to be a part of the Coalition on Reforming Segregation in Ontario’s Correctional Institutions (the Coalition) along with other community stakeholders that are concerned with supporting the health and well-being of people who are incarcerated by promoting mental health, health equity and restorative justice. The Coalition is working to call attention to the damaging practice of segregation and to the immediate reforms needed to mitigate associated harms across provincial correctional facilities for incarcerated persons. Most recently, its members engaged with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) to discuss Bill 6: Correctional Services and Reintegration Act, 2018. The link above is to a letter sent from the Coalition to the representatives from MCSCS who met with the coalition provides more details of the work of the Coalition, and thanks the representatives for the opportunity to consult and engage on this important issue. Further, the Coalition prepared a ‘Key Messages’ document as part of our consultation efforts, which is also included above.

Coalition on Reforming Segregation in Ontario: Letter to MCSCS

Coalition on Reforming Segregation in Ontario: Key Messages

December 18, 2017

Community Connections Winter 2017-18

November 28, 2017

Holiday Campaign: Virtual Gingerbread Halfway House

This holiday season, St. Leonard’s Society of Canada is asking for your help to decorate our virtual gingerbread halfway house. Each donor’s contribution will be represented on the halfway house by delicious candy decorations. Proceeds will go towards supporting SLSC’s mission to promote a humane and informed justice policy and responsible leadership to foster safer communities. We will regularly provide updates of the decorating progress. 
Please assist us in spreading holiday cheer across our gingerbread halfway house!


November 9, 2017

SLSC is proud to have supported the development of ‘Life(r)’s Work’ with the PeerLife Collaborative. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the LifeLine program based on an analysis of historical data. It also evaluates work that has been undertaken following the loss of Government funding in 2012, and provides recommendations for building on the strengths of this internationally recognized, award-winning service.

Life(r)’s Work: An Historical Analysis and Evaluation of a Program for Life Sentenced People in Canada (2017)

May 31, 2017

Memo to Stakeholders – A Message From SLSC Board President Monica Ross