Visiting and communicating with an inmate
As of November 15, 2021, visitors 12 and older must show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Find out more about the proof of vaccination requirement.
Family and friends are encouraged to maintain contact with inmates throughout their sentence. This can be done through visits, phone calls, and letters. Find information on:
- measures in place for visits during the COVID-19 pandemic
- find out if an institution is currently accepting visitors
- visiting an inmate
- phone calls with an inmate
- writing to an inmate
Information for families of offenders
The Canadian Families and Corrections Network (CFCN) assists family members of those involved in crime and the criminal justice system. Visit the CFCN website for contact information and additional resources.
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