Keeping Manitobans safe.

Working for better futures.

As correctional officers in Manitoba, we face different challenges every day. But our commitment is always the same.

It’s tough and often dangerous work. But nothing is more important than keeping Manitobans safe and helping change people’s lives for the better.

Most people never think about what happens inside a correctional facility. But correctional officers are doing important work 24 hours a day.

It’s more than a uniform. It’s vital work for our communities.

From de-escalating violence to intervening in mental health crises and helping people find new paths forward, Manitoba’s correctional officers work hard to make our communities better – and support new starts for some of Manitoba’s most vulnerable people.

We are keeping Manitobans safe, supporting our communities, and helping people get their lives on the right track.

But we need the resources to do the job right. Because changing lives and making our communities safer – that’s a good investment.

Safety. Community. Support.

The Challenges of the Job

Working in corrections can be stressful, which is why it’s crucial for officers to have the resources they need to do the job and mental health supports in place when they need it most. Here are a few important facts and figures to better understand the challenges of this demanding work:

  • On average, Canadian correctional officers are exposed to 28 ‘critical incidents’ at work during their career.
  • There were more than two dozen significant incidents in Manitoba jails last year alone.
  • There are a large number of different gangs present in Manitoba correctional facilities. For everyone’s safety, it’s up to officers to understand those gang affiliations and keep certain inmates separated from others.
  • It is estimated that about 25% of all Canadian correctional officers suffer from post-traumatic stress as a result of their job.
  • Correctional officers make up 0.42% of Manitoba’s workforce, but represent over 20% of all psychological injury claims accepted by the Workers Compensation Board in the province.
  • Some of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in Manitoba during the pandemic were in correctional facilities.