COVID-19 update for offenders and their families: February 4, 2022

This content is a message to federal offenders and their families from Correctional Service Canada's (CSC's) Commissioner.

Two years after the first COVID-19 case was identified in Canada, we continue to work hard at limiting the spread of the virus. We know that a layered approach is the best way to keep yourself and those around you from catching and spreading the virus.

These layers include:

I encourage you to continue using these layers of protection as the Omicron variant is very contagious. Over the last few weeks, many of our institutions have been impacted by COVID-19 with outbreaks in several of our institutions. We know that vaccines provide the best protection. So if you have not already been vaccinated, I encourage you to speak to Health Services about getting your COVID-19 vaccine. It can be done confidentially. Once you have received two doses, we also encourage you to get a booster shot. Thank you for your cooperation in making your health, and the health of others, a priority.

The Winter Olympics opened in Beijing, China, today. The Olympics are an amazing opportunity for athletes from countries around the world to meet and compete. Some of you may want to watch and support our 270 Olympians and Paralympians as they compete.

February is Psychology Month. It is an annual event to raise awareness of the role psychology plays in our lives. COVID-19 has certainly brought on challenges for all of us and has impacted our mental health. Please remember that you are not alone and that CSC has professionals available to support you and respond to your health needs.

This month is also Black History Month. It is a time to reflect on the lived experiences and achievements of Black Canadians. For over 400 years, they have played a significant role, contributing to:

Black Canadians have made our country what it is today, despite the barriers of inequality and racism they have faced – and can continue to face. Racism has no place in our society and, in particular, it has no place at CSC. Think about how you treat others and show everyone the same respect that you expect to receive.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation as we work to come through this pandemic.

β€œIt is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.” – Nelson Mandela

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