History of CSC

The history of corrections in Canada is fascinating and complex. Much has changed over the years: not only the institutions involved but also the principles on which they are run.

This site is filled with information about the places, people, and events that mark our history.

Celebrating the People of CSC – 35 Years of Staff Dedication

This book celebrates the many people of CSC who have moved the organization forward over the course of 35 years. The pictures and stories reflect the spirit of the last three and a half decades, and they honour the many thousands of people who have dedicated themselves to public safety in Canada.

Celebrating the People of CSC – 35 Years of Staff Dedication

Cover of Celebrating the People of CSC – 35 Years of Staff Dedication

Corrections in Canada: a historical timeline

Experience the evolution of Canada's correctional system - from the days before penitentiaries right up to the present. Discover how changing times have tranformed the face of this essential part of our justice system.

Saskatchewan Penitentiary Guards, 1913

Saskatchewan Penitentiary Guards, 1913

History of Penitentiaries in Canada

Imprisonment as we know it in Canada today dates back to the building of the Kingston Penitentiary in 1835. Read about the Early Years, institutional reform and expansion and a series of disturbances that lead to a new approach in the management of Canadian correction institutions.

Kingston Penitentiary East Wing, 1892

Kingston Penitentiary East Wing, 1892

History of Correctional Service of Canada Uniforms

Standardized uniforms have been part of corrections in Canada for well over a century.

An officer of the British Columbia Penitentiary in dress uniform or 'Sunday Suit', c. 1880

An officer of the British Columbia Penitentiary in dress uniform or "Sunday Suit", c. 1880

The Correctional Service of Canada Museum

The CSC Museum, located in Kingston, Ontario, houses a fascinating collection of artifacts relative to all aspects of correctional history in Canada.

Correctional Service of Canada Museum, Kingston, Ontario

Correctional Service of Canada Museum, Kingston, Ontario