COVID-19 update for offenders and their families: January 13, 2023

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

More than 30 book clubs are being run by staff and volunteers in CSC institutions across the country. These clubs stimulate thought-provoking and meaningful discussions, and provide opportunities for individuals to connect. I applaud their many members, and encourage you to join or start a book club in your institution.

At the onset of the pandemic, infection prevention measures were put in place to help protect everyone. As you know, we are now transitioning to living with COVID-19 and starting to return to the way we used to do things. This will mean increased access to programs and less restrictions moving forward. Your institution continues to work on ways we can open things up while keeping everyone safe. I know the pandemic has been long. Please stay patient and work with the staff in your institution if you have questions or suggestions.

January’s short, cold, and often grey days may feel challenging to some individuals. If you are struggling, we encourage you to please reach out to others. Talk to those in your support networks, such as your family and friends, as well as health services staff. Often just speaking with someone may make a difference in how you see things or feel about them.

We also have many resources to support you, such as:

Sometimes it may seem difficult to be optimistic, but a positive outlook can help. Consider getting involved in activities at your site. It is important to find positive ways to focus your energy.

To keep everyone healthy, we encourage you to continue following the health measures in place, and keeping up to date with your COVID-19 and flu vaccinations. These are all helpful ways to reduce your risk of getting sick.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation. It is much appreciated.

No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again. —Buddha

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