Corrections and Criminal Justice

Among the public sector members of the National Union are thousands of women and men who work in Canada’s justice system. These include Youth Corrections Professionals, Correctional Officers, Probation Officers, Sheriffs, as well as those who work in community-based social services, child protection, youth counsellors and other related social services.

These members of the National Union have a wealth of experience and knowledge that we believe can make an invaluable contribution to the development of public policy and legislation on criminal justice issues.

“These women and men have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the public. All Canadians must remember their names. Our members who are peace officers have a difficult and dangerous job, and this service reminds us of the risks and threats they face." — Bert Blundon, NUPGE President

(2022-09-15)Read more

"I couldn't be happier with this strong result. But it was the lead-up - the five weeks of intensive organizing, pop-up voting sites and mail-in ballot-collecting - that really forced the public service agency to change its tune"-Stephanie Smith, president of the BCGEU and chair of the union's bargaining committee.

(2022-06-23)Read more

“Our primary focus for those affected today is ensuring our members can find employment within the government. Our members, their families, and many others in Portage, are justifiably worried about what this closure will mean for them and their community." Kyle Ross, MGEU President

(2022-03-30)Read more

In 2013, a forensic audit by the National Audit Office, Britain’s auditor general, found that the two companies providing electronic monitoring in England and Wales had overcharged the British government by “tens of millions of pounds.”

(2021-10-21)Read more

"As we approach the second winter of this pandemic, the impacts on mental health are increasing and demand immediate action. Mental health and well-being have long been ignored or met with caring words, followed by little else. This World Mental Health Day, we are demanding governments show their commitment through action! The pandemic has greatly harmed the mental health of many. As a society, we must take on the challenge of providing support to those struggling with mental health issues." ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2021-10-07)Read more

This year's ceremony will be a virtual ceremony livestreamed from Parliament Hill on Sunday, September 26.

(2021-09-23)Read more

“We will not tolerate attempts to intimidate these front-line heroes.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2021-07-22)Read more

“My union recently convened a meeting of front-line workers from a wide range of communities from across the country who are dealing with the overdose crisis. I wish you could have heard their comments. Speaker after speaker impressed upon me the urgency of the situation.” — Larry Brown, President NUPGE

(2021-04-20)Read more

NUPGE Annual Report: 2020 in Review is a look back on what NUPGE accomplished in 2020.

(2020-12-17)Read more

“The Kenora Jail is the most overcrowded institution in the province, with the lowest officer-to-inmate ratio. The ministry’s announcement gives no timeline for deployment of new staff to Kenora. With so few officers watching over so many inmates, the jail has become a human powder keg. Immediate measures must be taken.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-10-19)Read more

This ongoing pandemic is deepening the mental health crisis. Action is needed now to provide support to people in need. This World Mental Health Day we are raising the alarm and calling for governments to immediately invest in mental health supports ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President

(2020-10-09)Read more

This year's ceremony will be a virtual ceremony live-streamed from Parliament Hill on Sunday, September 27.

(2020-09-18)Read more

“It’s imperative that front-line workers, through their union, are consulted every step of the way during the design and build. The eyes of Corrections staff are everywhere. We know what keeps communities safe. Developers are only looking at their bottom line.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President

(2020-08-31)Read more

500 new full-time Correctional staff and new capital projects for Kenora and Thunder Bay will turn the tide on the crisis.

(2020-06-19)Read more

“Once we’re through this emergency, things cannot go back to business as usual. Long term changes need to be made.” ― Bob Bymoen, SGEU/NUPGE President

(2020-03-30)Read more

The urgency of COVID-19 is something the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) takes very seriously because inmates are living in an environment in which our members work.

(2020-03-30)Read more

We need to take care of ourselves especially now and a big part of being healthy means taking care of our mental health. Stress is a major factor in poor health. And for those who struggle with mental illness, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, these times are especially difficult.

(2020-03-24)Read more

Top concerns are protecting frontline workers, personal protective equipment (PPE), testing for COVID-19, and wage protection.

(2020-03-12)Read more

"These jobs are difficult, demanding and stressful, but they are there because they are helping people. They deserve our recognition for being an integral part of our health and community support systems. On behalf of the 390,000 members of NUPGE — thank you!" — Bert Blundon, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

(2020-03-02)Read more

“Over 80 stable, family-supporting jobs will be leaving the city. But this is not just a devastating blow to the Parkland region." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President

(2020-02-21)Read more