Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

RNAO's Response to Bill 6: Correctional Services Transformation Act, 2018


RNAO welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on Bill 6, An Act to enact the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Act 2018 and the Correctional Services and Reintegration Act, 2018, to make related amendments to other Acts, to repeal an Act and to revoke a regulation. For this submission, RNAO will use the short title of Bill 6, Correctional Services Transformation Act, 2018.
Despite the hard work and dedication of many correctional staff members, the evidence is clear that Ontario's correctional system is in crisis. Correctional nurses know this from their own experience as do others who work in corrections. Families, friends, and many who have been incarcerated could speak to the effects of a correctional system in crisis on health and well being. Others who have been incarcerated cannot speak to this crisis because they did not survive the experience. Inquests, legal challenges, and reports from the Ontario Ombudsman, Ontario Human Rights Commission, and the Independent Review of Ontario Corrections provide overwhelming documentation of why Ontario's correctional system needs to be transformed.

Summary of RNAO Recommendations

Recommendation 1. RNAO recommends that the 41st Parliament of Ontario pass the Correctional Services Transformation Act, 2018.

Recommendation 2. RNAO recommends that government of Ontario implement the transformation of the correctional services system, by the end of 2022, enabled and sustained by financial and human resources equal to the task of transformation.

Recommendation 3. RNAO recommends that in part II, administration, that the following clause be added under section 4 (3) regarding exceptions: Despite subsections (1) and (2), the Minister and employees of the Ministry shall not enter into a contract or agreement with the Crown in right of Canada to detain individuals on administrative immigration grounds.

Recommendation 4. RNAO recommends continuing the process of the transfer of responsibility for health care services from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, with full implementation by the end of 2019.

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in all settings and roles across Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contributions to shaping the health system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

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