CSC statistics – key facts and figures


In 2014-15, Correctional Service Canada's (CSC) expenditures totaled approximately $2.6 billion.


CSC has over 18,000 employees, including:

  • 7,760 correctional officers
  • 1,355 parole officers
  • 1,050 health care staff.


CSC manages and maintains:

  • 43 institutions
    • 11 clustered institutions
      • two maximum/medium/minimum security level
      • nine medium/minimum security level
    • six maximum security institutions
    • nine medium security institutions
    • five minimum security institutions (including two healing lodges)
    • 12 multi-level security institutions (including two healing lodges and six women's institutions)
  • 91 parole offices
  • 15 community correctional centres
  • 200+ community residential facilities.

Average annual cost of an offender

It costs over $115,000 to maintain an offender in a CSC institution and almost $35,000 to maintain an offender in the community.

Offender profile

On a typical day during 2014-15, CSC was responsible for 22,958 offenders. 15,043 of them were in federal custody (including temporary detainees) and 7,915 were supervised in the community.

Of these offenders, approximately:

  • 20 per cent were serving sentences for homicide
  • 49 per cent were serving sentences for sexual offences and other violent crimes
  • 17 per cent were serving sentences for drug-related offences.

At the end of fiscal year 2014-15:

  • 23 per cent of offenders were serving life sentences
  • 23 per cent of offenders were serving a sentence between two to three years
  • 622 offenders were classified as Dangerous Offenders.

Measuring performance

Over the past 10 years:

  • releases at statutory release have increased from almost 67 per cent to 71 per cent
  • the successful completion rate for offenders on statutory release increased from 57 per cent to 63 per cent
  • the number of escape incidents has continued to decline, from 37 in 2006-2007 to 13 in 2014-15.

Updated January 2017