Corrections Service

The purpose of the Corrections Service is the correction and treatment of offenders and the protection of the community.

The Division is responsible for the detention and safe custody of youth and adult inmates in correctional facilities, located in Yellowknife, Hay River and Fort Smith. During incarceration, inmates are provided with supervision, treatment and training opportunities with the aim to rehabilitate. A comprehensive list of programs that are offered at each correctional facility is listed on the specific facilities website:

The Corrections Service offers probation and parole supervisions, counseling and aftercare services to offenders. The probation officer may provide information to the Court on an offender’s background, for consideration before sentencing.

Corrections also manages the victim notification program, which allows victims to receive information about an offender who was convicted of a crime against them.

To ensure that people with northern backgrounds are prepared for a career in the Corrections Service, the Corrections Northern Recruitment Training Program provides an eight week full-time training program in various communities in the Northwest Territories.

All employees of the Corrections Service are guided by the Corrections Service Code of Professional Conduct (COPC). The COPC, is intended for employees, and outlines the behaviours and attributes expected of all Corrections Service employees. This document provides an overview and highlights of applicable Legislation, including but not limited to: Corrections Act, Corrections Regulations, Public Service Act, Safety Act and Corrections Service Directives, policies and guidelines that are applicable to both on-duty and off-duty conduct of Corrections Service employees.

Annual Reports

  • Are you interested in becoming a member of a Community Advisory Board? Under the new Corrections Act, three Community Advisory Boards (CAB) are being established. Each NWT correctional facility, including the North Slave Correctional Complex, the South Mackenzie Correctional Centre, and the Fort Smith Correctional Complex, will benefit from a CAB. The establishment of CABs…
  • The Investigation and Standards Office (ISO) is an independent body of the Department of Justice. Its responsibilities include investigating complaints made by inmates at NWT correctional centres and probationers supervised in the community. What does the Investigations and Standards Office (ISO) do? Provides independent oversight of the Northwest Territories Corrections Service by carrying out investigations…