Commissioner's update for correctional employees:
December 4, 2023

This content is a message to Correctional Service Canada (CSC) staff from CSC's Commissioner.

On November 28, I was pleased to meet with our National Ethnocultural Advisory Committee. Discussions focused on areas such as anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion, updates on human resources, training and research, as well as developing a Security Threat Group strategy. There was also an opportunity to engage with Justice Canada on the development of the Black Justice Strategy.

For over 20 years, advisory members have volunteered their time to provide advice on services and interventions for Black and other racialized offenders. I want to thank the dedicated volunteers and encourage all staff to learn more about the important contributions:

Commissioner Anne Kelly with members of the National Ethnocultural Advisory Committee.
Commissioner Anne Kelly with members of the National Ethnocultural Advisory Committee.

World AIDS Day

December 1 was World AIDS Day. The goal of the first AIDS Day in 1988 was to bring awareness to a deadly disease. Thirty-five years later, HIV is no longer considered fatal. Antiviral therapy can suppress the virus, lowering the level of HIV in the blood and making it almost undetectable. This leads to a longer and heathier life and means that it cannot be transmitted to partners.

I am pleased to share that CSC is on track to meet accelerated UNAIDS targets of “95-95-95” for global HIV eradication for federal offenders. As a society, we all play an important role in knowing the facts, reducing risk, getting tested, and reducing HIV-related stigma.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Today marks the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. This is an opportunity for all of us to work together, learn about gender-based violence and take action to address it. We know that gender-based violence has an impact on those in our care and custody. At CSC, it is important to listen to those who share their experience and learn from them.

In Canada, we also observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women during the 16 Days. This day marks the tragic mass shooting that killed 14 women at École Polytechnique Montréal on December 6, 1989. Let us take the time to honour and remember the victims of this massacre.

International Volunteer Day

Tomorrow is International Volunteer Day! Please join me in thanking the many CSC volunteers, advisory members, and community partners for their dedication and commitment in offering services and support for offenders. Volunteers offer unique and diverse knowledge, perspectives and opportunities that help meet the needs of offenders and strengthen their ties to the community.

During this day of recognition, I encourage you to send special thanks to CSC volunteers helping and supporting CSC in its mandate and contribute to public safety!

BGRS Security Breach

A reminder that we recently became aware of an incident affecting systems for Brookfield Global Relocation Services (BGRS) and SIRVA Canada. The Government of Canada has contracts with these companies to provide relocation support to employees, and BGRS and SIRVA Canada have confirmed that unauthorized access to GC employee information was obtained.

If you have a relocation file with either of these companies, you are encouraged to take precautionary measures to safeguard financial and personal information online.

Human Rights Day

On December 10 we celebrate Human Rights Day — a day that commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. This year, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this declaration.

CSC is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and respectful workplace that is free of harassment and discrimination. We adhere to our duty to respect the rights of the offenders in our care and custody, as well as the rights of our employees, partners, and visitors.

I invite you to participate in informative events organized by the Human Rights Division and the Employment Equity and Diversity Committee.

GCWCC deadline for payroll deduction

This Friday, December 8, is the deadline to donate through payroll deductions to the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC). It is quick and easy to donate and only $5 per pay can make a huge difference in the lives of those in need. To date, CSC has raised $255,960 which represents 91% of our national objective.

Thank you for your support and generosity. More than ever, there is a need to support our communities and together we can make a difference.

You can make a pay roll deduction, credit card or PayPal payment online:

Help us achieve our goal and make a difference in communities across the country.

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