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 people exiting prison 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 the SLSC Team provides policy and research work from Ottawa, to support our affiliate agencies across the country!


May 29, 2019:

Interested in the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness’ (CAEH) work to support a Right to Housing framework within the National Housing Strategy in Canada? Us too! Take a look at CEAH’s Right to Housing Backgrounder and Fact Sheet.

May 23, 2019:

SLSC is pleased to release the final report submitted to Public Safety Canada entitled Life(r)’s Work: Developing a Modernized Strategy for Life-Sentenced People in Canada.

February 28, 2019:

PRESS RELEASE: SLSC Response to Office of The Correctional Investigator (OCI) & Canadian Human Rights Commission’s (CHRC) Joint Report Aging and Dying in Prison
In response to:
OCI & CHRC Joint Report Aging and Dying in Prison
UPDATE March 5, 2019: Correctional Service of Canada’s response:
Promoting Wellness and Independence among Older Persons in CSC Custody

February 21, 2019:

Senator Kim Pate introduced legislation to remove barriers that punish and exacerbate obstacles for those who have completed their sentences and are working to successfully integrate into the community. See links below for more information regarding Bill S-258:
Bill S-258: Expiry of Criminal Records
The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights: Interim Report – Study on the Human Rights of Federally-Sentenced Persons
Press Release: They’ve Done Their Time; Let Them Move on from Crime by Senator Kim Pate
Press Release: Canada’s Correctional System: An Inside Look by The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
Communiqué: Le sytème correctionnel canadien : Un aperçu par Le comité sénatorial permanent des driots de la personne
RIDR Notice of Meeting RE: Bill S-258
SLSC’s remarks to the Standing Committee on Human Rights (April 2017)

December 1, 2018:

The latest edition of our newsletter is now online:
Community Connections Fall 2018