CSC Statistics - Key Facts and Figures

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In 2012-13, Correctional Service Canada's (CSC) expenditures totaled approximately $2.6 billion. (Source: Departmental Performance Report – 2012-13)

CSC has over 17,000 employees, including:

  • 7,700 correctional officers
  • 2,500 parole and program officers
  • 720 nurses
  • 270 psychologists
    (Source: HR - Key Facts and Figures - 2014)

CSC manages and maintains:

  • 43 institutions*
    • 11 Clustered Institutions
      • 2 maximum/medium/minimum security level units
      • 9 medium/minimum security level units
    • 6 maximum security institutions
    • 9 medium security institutions
    • 5 minimum security institutions
    • 12 multi-level security institutions
  • 92 parole offices
  • 15 Community Correctional Centres
  • 200+ Community Residential Facilities

* As part of these 43 institutions, there are four healing lodges (two are minimum security, two are multi-level security) and six women's institutions (all multi-level security).

Average Annual Cost of an Offender

It costs over $115,000 to maintain an offender in an institution, and over $35,000 to maintain an offender in the community.
(Source: Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview – 2013 Annual Report)

Offender Profile

On a typical day during 2013-14, CSC was responsible for about 23,000 offenders, over 15,000 offenders in federal custody (including temporary detainees) and over 7,700 offenders in the community.
(Source: Departmental Performance Report – 2013-14)

Of these offenders approximately:

  • 20 per cent were serving sentences for homicide
  • 14 per cent were sex offenders
  • 25 per cent had a robbery conviction
  • 20 per cent were serving sentences for drug offences
  • 51 per cent had substance abuse issues
  • 55 per cent had no high school diploma
  • 11 per cent were associated with gangs and other criminal organizations

Of the over 15,000 offenders incarcerated:

  • 23 per cent were serving life sentences
  • 77 per cent were at various stages in fixed sentences
  • 3 per cent were designated as dangerous offenders

(Source: Offender Management System as of April 14, 2013)

Measuring CSC'S Performance

Comparing the 2013-14 fiscal year with 2009-10, federal offenders were less likely to:

  • commit serious security incidents while in custody (from 0.81 to 0.61)
  • escape from custody (from 31 escapes to 13)
  • incur new violent offences while on community supervision (from 3.0 to 2.2)
    (Source: 2013-14 Performance Measurement Framework Year-End Results)

August 2014