COVID-19 update for correctional stakeholders: May 28, 2021

This content is a message to Correctional Service Canada's (CSC’s) stakeholders from the Commissioner of CSC.

I hope you are able to take some time to enjoy the warmer weather, while staying safe and healthy. I would like to share the following updates with you.

COVID-19 update

While Correctional Service Canada (CSC) still has three active COVID-19 cases in its institutions, I am encouraged to see the number decreasing each day. Staff continue to work hard to prevent the spread of the virus and inmates are doing their part by keeping up with our infection prevention and control measures.

In April, CSC rolled out the second phase of COVID-19 vaccines to federal inmates in our 43 institutions and community correctional centre, in accordance with National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) guidelines. CSC also offered the vaccine to employees who work in our congregate living environments, where they had not already received it from their province. To date, CSC has had great success with the vaccine campaign. CSC has vaccinated 75% of inmates with at least one dose of the vaccine.

The online table provides site specific data on vaccines administrated to federal inmates from January 6, 2021 to May 24, 2021. As more vaccines are administered, CSC will provide further updates to this table.

We are also starting to turn our minds to how and when CSC may gradually resume activities at its sites as we see community transmission rates decline and vaccination rates go up.

Asian Heritage Month

As we honour this important month, we must also raise awareness of the ongoing challenges faced by Asian communities in Canada and around the world. It is also important to come together to speak out against anti-Asian discrimination and to listen to others who courageously share their lived experiences.

It is a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Asian descent have made and continue to make, to the growth and prosperity of Canada. The people of this diverse, vibrant and growing community have contributed to every aspect of life in Canada. You can learn more by reading about :

It is a great opportunity to celebrate the dedicated individuals of Asian descent who work or volunteer for CSC. Please take a moment to learn more about Sherman Chan, co-chair of the Pacific Regional Ethnocultural Advisory Committee, and his important work for ethnocultural offenders in our care:

CSC also recognizes Sam Sambasivam, chair of the Prairie Regional Ethnocultural Advisory Committee who also volunteers on a local citizen advisory committee.

National Jewish Month

May is also National Jewish Heritage Month in Canada. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the richness of Jewish:

Canada has the fourth largest Jewish community in the world. Jewish Canadians have made significant contributions and play an integral part in helping to shape our country.

Indigenous Awareness Week

The federal public service Indigenous Awareness Week is taking place from May 25 to 28, 2021, providing opportunities to learn more about the diverse cultures and traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people through online events. Reconciliation calls on us to:

Call for nominations: 2020-2021 Emerson Douyon Multiculturalism Award

Among his many professional accomplishments, the late Dr. Emerson Douyon, internationally renowned psychologist and professor of criminology, was involved in setting up CSC’s Regional Ethnocultural Advisory Committee (REAC) in 1999 in Quebec and presided over it for more than ten years. He became the first recipient of the Multiculturalism Award in 2010 and in 2012, after which the award was re-named in his honour.

Each year, the award recognizes an employee, volunteer or individual on contract or summer employment programs who has shown commitment and determination in helping to build an integrated ethnocultural society for all Canadians and especially within CSC. Do you know someone who has contributed to the promotion of multiculturalism and diversity within CSC and deserves to be recognized? Consider nominating this person for the Emerson Douyon Multiculturalism Award!

For more information on the nomination process, please visit the CSC website:

I invite you to read more about:

Run for Women

Women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with seven out of ten Canadian women experiencing more:

CSC is organizing around the 2021 virtual Run for Women to raise money to help fund women's mental health programs across the country:

We hope you will join us in the 5K run/walk or 10K run event between July 4 and 11. The event is being held in 18 cities across Canada, so you can choose to join a team in the city closest to you:

Star blankets

I would like to take a moment to recognize the residents at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge (OOHL) who recently made small star blankets to donate to parents in the community grieving the loss of their newborns. It was a great learning experience and rewarding for the residents, who are themselves aunties, mothers, or kokums (grandmothers), to give back to members of the community, particularly as such loss was relatable for them. Read more about their thoughtfulness at:

Thank you for your continued support.

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