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Ontario Women’s Prisons

We have compiled contacts and writing addresses for the different Women’s prisons in Ontario. If this is the first time having a friend or love one locked up, contact with the outside world can mean the world to them. Consider writing letters and postcards, or organizing a dinner with friends to write to your friend inside. If your in the Guelph area, give us an e-mail at guelphabc(at) to get information about the letter writing nights we organize for people on the outside.

Brief Prison Introduction

Visiting hours vary from facility to facility. Call the institution to confirm local guidelines and visiting hours for the day you plan to visit. If your writing a prisoner, call the institution to ask for specifics around the mail you send in, so that it isn’t returned to you or placed in their personal belongings, or worse, lost.

Federal Women’s Prison (For women with sentences larger than two years)

Grand Valley Institution
1575 Homer Watson Boulevard
Kitchener, Ontario N2P 2C5
Telephone: (519) 894-2011

Map of Grand Valley Institution

The Grand Valley Institution holds about 162 inmates in “cottage-like” facilities. It is run by the federal government’s Correctional Services of Canada.

Provincial Women’s Prison (For women with sentences for two years less a day)

There is only one provincial prison dedicated to housing women, the Vanier Centre for Women, on the same property as Maplehurst in Milton. It is designed for 124 women, mostly sentenced but also some remanded into custody pending trial or sentence. Vanier also functions as a detention centre for women without status.

Vanier Centre for Women at Milton
655 Martin Street
Milton, Ontario L9T 5E6
Telephone (905) 876-8300

Map of Vanier prison

Women are also held in special units of local jails, detention centres, and correctional centres where men are housed.

Prisons Housing Women’s Units – Sentenced

Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre
(Formerly Northern Treatment Centre)
800 Great Northern Road
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5K7
Telephone: (705) 946-0995

Map of Algoma “treatment” prison

Central North Correctional Centre
1501 Fuller Avenue
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 2H4
Telephone: (705) 549-9470

Map of Penetang

Central East Correctional Centre
541 Hwy 36
Box 4500
Lindsay, ON K9V 4S6
Telephone: (705) 328-6000

Map of East Prison

Monteith Correctional Complex
Junction Hwys 11 & 577
Box 90
Monteith, ON P0K 1P0
Telephone: (705) 232-4092

Rough Map of Monteith Prison

Jails Housing Women’s Units – Remanded and Sentenced

Brantford Jail
105 Market Street
Brantford, ON N3T 6A9
Telephone: (519) 752-6578

Map of Branford Jail

Brockville Jail
10 Wall Street
Brockville, ON K6C 5T1
Lindsay, ON K9V 4S6

Map of Brockville Jail

Chatham Jail
17th Seventh Street
Chatham, ON N7M 4J9
Telephone: (519) 352-0150

Map of Chatham Jail

Fort Frances Jail
310 Nelson Street
Box 189
Fort Frances, ON P9A 1B1
Telephone: (807) 274-7708

Map of Fort France Jail

Kenora Jail
1430 River Street
Kenora, ON P9N 1K5
Telephone: (807) 468-2871

Map of Kenora Jail

North Bay Jail
2550 Trout Lake Road
North Bay, ON P1B 7S7
Telephone: (519) 337-3261

Map of North Bay Jail

Owen Sound Jail
1237 Third Avenue East
Box 517
Owen Sound, ON N4K 5R7
Telephone: (519) 376-0435

Map of Owen Sound Jail

Sarnia Jail
70 North Christina Street
Sarnia ON N7V 3C2
Telephone: (519) 337-3261

Map of Sarnia Jail

Stratford Jail
130 St. Andrews Street
Stratford, ON N5A 1A3
Telephone: (519) 271-2180

Map of Stratford Jail

Sudbury Jail
181 Elm Street West
Sudbury, ON P3C 1T6
Telephone: (705) 564-4150

Map of Sudbury Jail

Sault Ste Marie Jail
145 Mcnab Street
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5L8
Telephone: (705) 256-3020

Map of Sault Ste Marie Jail

Toronto Jail
550 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 1X6
Telephone: (416) 325-8600

Map of Don Jail

Thunder Bay Jail Downtown
285 McDougall Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 2K6
Telephone: (807) 345-7364

Map of Thunder Bay Jail

Windsor Jail
378 Brock Street
Box 7038
Windsor, ON N9C 3Y6
Telephone: (519) 973-1324

Map of Windsor Jail

Walkerton Jail
209 Cayley Street
Box 429
Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0
Telephone: (519) 881-3442

Map of Walkerton Jail

Detention Centres Housing Women’s Units – Remanded and Sentenced

Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre
711 Exeter Road
London, ON N6E 1L3
Telephone: (519) 686-1922

Map of Elgin-Middlesex

Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre
165 Barton Street East
Hamilton, ON L8L 2W6
Telephone: (905) 523-8800

Map of Barton Jail

Niagara Detention Centre
Hwy 58, 1355 Uppers Lane
Box 1050
Thorold, ON L2V 4A6
Telephone: (905) 227-6321

Map of Niagara Detention Centre

Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre
2244 Innes Road
Ottawa, ON K1B 4C4
Telephone: (613) 824-6080

Map of Ottawa/Carlton

Quinte Detention Centre
89 Ricmond Boulevard
Napanee, ON K7R 3S1
Telephone: (613) 354-9701

Map of Quinte Detention

Toronto East Detention Centre
55 Civic Road
Scarborough ON M1L 2K9
Telephone: (416) 750-3513

Map of the East

Toronto West Detention Centre
111 Disco Road
Box 4950
Rexdale, ONĀ  M9W 5L6
Telephone: (416) 750-1209

Map of Metro West

Youth Prisons

Young offenders, ages 12 to 17, are housed separately from adults in facilities operated by the MPSS or non-profit transfer payment agencies. Most are held in co-ed facilities, sometimes in the same unit as males.

Bluewater Youth Centre for Young Offenders

Highway 21 South
P.O. Box 71
Goderich, ON N7A 3Y8
Telephone: (519) 524-2107

Roy McMertry Youth Centre
8500 McLaughlin Road South
Brampton, ON L6Y 0N6
Telephone: (905) 459-9100

Map of Roy McMertry Youth Prison