Information about COVID-19 at La Macaza Institution

News release

December 30, 2021 – La Macaza, Quebec – Correctional Service Canada

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) advises that four inmates and 15 staff members at La Macaza Institution have tested positive for COVID-19. We are closely monitoring the situation, and measures are in place to minimize the spread of the virus within the institution.

COVID-19 testing is being offered broadly to inmates and staff. Employees are also required to do a rapid test and provide a negative result before entering into the site to prevent possible spread at the institution. Inmate testing numbers are available on our website. The number of active cases currently reported for this institution may change as more testing is conducted and laboratory-confirmed results are available.

This is an evolving situation and we will continue to apply and reinforce infection prevention and control measures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 and adapt based on public health advice. All staff and inmates are equipped with masks, and we have increased cleaning and disinfecting throughout the site.

All individuals entering the institution are actively screened, and decisions regarding access to the site as well as programs and services are made in consideration of public health advice. In-person visits are temporarily suspended at La Macaza Institution. During this time, options are available to inmates to connect with their family and support networks.

We are committed to reducing the risks of COVID-19 in all of our operations and keeping inmates, our employees, and the public safe. We work with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), local public health, as well as unions and stakeholders to take any further steps needed to ensure everyone's safety.

We continue to offer vaccines to inmates at all federal correctional institutions.

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Quick facts

  • La Macaza Institution is a medium security facility in La Macaza, Quebec, with a rated capacity of 240. 

  •  CSC began vaccinating inmates in January 2021. To date, 88% of inmates at La Macaza Institution are fully vaccinated and close to 91 % have received at least one dose. Vaccines continue to be offered to inmates, including new admissions to CSC. More information on vaccines administered to federal inmates is available on our website. 

  • CSC has begun offering third doses (boosters) of the COVID-19 vaccine to all offenders in its institutions and correctional community centers across the country who had their second dose over five months ago.

  • CSC provides its own health care to inmates and has dedicated health care professionals in its institutions, including nurses and physicians, who closely monitor the health of inmates. CSC is also equipped to conduct its own testing and is working in close collaboration with its public health partners.

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Contacts

Media Relations, Quebec Region
QUEmedia@csc-scc.gc.ca

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