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The Toronto South Detention Centre is a correctional facility in the district of Etobicoke in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a Government of Ontario-operated maximum-security correctional facility for adult male inmates serving a sentence of 2-years-less-a-day or less, and offenders who have been remanded into custody while awaiting trial. It is built on the site of the former Mimico Correctional Centre, which closed in 2011 and whose origins dated back to 1887. The Toronto South Detention Centre officially opened on January 29, 2014[1] replacing the Toronto Jail, the Toronto West Detention Centre, and the demolished Mimico Correctional Centre.[1] The Toronto South Detention Centre is the second-largest jail in Canada; The Edmonton Remand Centre being the largest.[2]

Toronto South Detention Centre
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Security classMaximum/Medium
Managed byMinistry of Community Safety and Correctional Services



The new facility consists of two parts; A maximum security building that can house up to 1,650 remanded offenders awaiting trial, and a medium security building, known as the Toronto Intermittent Centre (TIC) that can house up to 320 inmates serving primarily weekend or other intermittent sentences. The maximum-security building is the first in Ontario to be constructed from prefabricated concrete cells that can be stacked with a minimal support structure.[3][4][5] Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects, the modular cell units were built and shipped from Tindall Corporation facility in Atlanta, Georgia.


On May 9, 2008, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services announced plans to build a new, larger correctional centre on the site of the Mimico Correctional Centre, which would replace the Mimico Correctional Centre, the Toronto (Don) Jail, and the Toronto West Detention Centre.[6] The existing correctional centre closed on December 5, 2011,[6] and Phase 1 of the new facility, the 320-bed Toronto Intermittent Centre began accepting prisoners on December 9, 2011.[6] The old correctional centre buildings were then demolished to make room for Phase 2 of the Toronto South Detention Centre, which was completed in November 2012.[2][6] The Toronto South Detention Centre (Phase 2) officially opened on January 29, 2014.[6]

Operational problemsEdit

The facility is currently, as of June 2015, operating at half capacity with approximately 800 inmates. Nevertheless, due to staffing shortages, lockdowns have been more frequent than in other provincial jails occurring each weekend and frequently during the week as well and the centre's infirmary and gymnasium have remained closed since the facility became operational in 2014.[7] The facility's mental health assessment unit did not become operational until after two inmates died in custody in February 2015, one by suicide and another due to a drug overdose.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Toronto South Detention Centre Opens its Doors". News Release. January 29, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "The $593.9M Toronto South Detention Centre, is the second largest jail in Canada. So why has it sat empty since 2012?". National Post. January 16, 2014. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Toronto South Detention Centre" Archived 2014-03-08 at the Wayback Machine, MCSCS official website
  4. ^ Toronto South Detention Centre, Infrastructure Ontario
  5. ^ "New Mimico detention centre Ontario's first prefab prison", Toronto Star, January 23, 2011
  6. ^ a b c d e "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2014-03-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b Dempsey, Ann (June 14, 2015). "Lockdowns, staff shortages plague Toronto South superjail". The Toronto Star. TorStar. The Toronto Star. Retrieved 14 June 2015.

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