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!


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
  • Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 11:30am-1:30pm EST
  • Witnesses: Correctional Service of Canada & Parole Board of Canada
  • Webcast link 
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

October 3, 2018:

The below press release states SLSC’s position regarding today’s vote on the transfer of Ms. McClintic to the healing lodge. SLSC was also a signatory on the Native Counselling Services of Alberta’s open letter on the same issue. 
Oct 2018 St Leonard’s Society of Canada_Press Release
Oct 2018 NCSA_Open Letter

September 5, 2018:

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has issued a mandate letter for the new Commissioner of CSC, Anne Kelly. Click here to view the Minister’s Message and the mandate letter. 

June 21, 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