Quick Facts

Health Services Sector

Our Mandate

The Health Services Sector’s mandate is established through Section 86 of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) and states that the Correctional Services of Canada (CSC) shall provide every inmate with essential health care and non-essential mental health care that will contribute to the inmate’s rehabilitation and successful reintegration into the community and that the provision of health care shall conform to professionally accepted standards.

Throughout each offender’s sentence, CSC health care professionals respond to the health needs of offenders by providing quality health care that both meets professional accepted standards and ensures patient safety.

Our Vision

Improved offender health that contributes to the safety of Canadians.

Our Mission

We provide offenders with efficient, effective health services that:

  • Encourage individual responsibility;
  • Promote healthy reintegration; and
  • Contribute to safe communities.

Our Priorities for 2012-2014

Essential Health Services – Focus on patient safety and continuous quality improvement of Health Services delivery.

Vulnerable Populations – Improve capacity to address the health needs of Aboriginal offenders, aging offenders and offenders with mental health disorders.

Health Information – Improve evidence-based decision-making by collecting and analyzing health information.

Workforce/Workplace – Strengthen a sustainable health workforce in a healthy workplace.

Partnerships – Strengthen internal and external partnerships.

Our People

  • Under the direction of the Assistant Commissioner of the Health Services Sector, the overall planning and policy development for health services is carried out by the Clinical Services Branch, the Public Health Branch, the Mental Health Branch, and the Policy, Planning and Quality Improvement Branch. Each branch is located at National Headquarters in Ottawa and is managed by a Director General. The Assistant Commissioner of Health Services reports to the Commissioner of Corrections, Don Head.
  • The day-to-day delivery of health services carried out in the institutions is overseen by a Regional Director in each of the five Regional Headquarters.
  • The delivery of health care in 55 institutions located in the five regions is carried out on a daily basis by over 1,150 health care professionals, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, epidemiologists and social workers.
  • Nurses constitute the largest health professional group employed by CSC, with over 750 nurses providing strategic advice and guidance in national and regional offices and providing physical health and mental health services in institutions, regional hospitals, and psychiatric treatment centres across Canada.

July 2011