Commissioner's update for offenders and their families: May 26, 2023

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

As of Monday, May 29, you may notice a new food menu for men for the year 2023-2024. The new menu offers more variety and replaces some of the least popular items. The National Grocery List for the Small Group Meal Plan program has also been revised to increase the variety of spice blends, cuts of meat, fish, and vegetarian options.

A fiscal year price freeze has been applied on grocery list items, meaning that you will not see a change in prices throughout the year, regardless of food price changes.    

I would like to thank inmate committees across the country who offered feedback on the new menu. Your contributions are important and help us ensure we provide you with adequate and quality food choices.

We know that sleep is important in our overall health. You may be pleased to hear that new mattresses are being distributed across the country, which meets the latest standards of fire safety as set out by the Standards Council of Canada.

Attached with this week’s message is an information sheet with more details, including the process for requesting an accommodation mattress for those who have documented chronic neck and back pain.Please contact Institutional Services if you have any questions about the new mattresses.

May 28 to June 3 is National AccessAbility Week. It is a time to celebrate the valuable contributions and leadership of Canadians with disabilities, and to bring attention to our ongoing efforts to become a better, more accessible, and inclusive Canada. 

Remember that the most effective way to resolve conflicts is by listening, hearing each other, and talking it through.


Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life. —  Jackie Chan

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