Toronto South Detention Centre – Info Sheet and Q&A

Addendum 2016:

Please note, the Mimico Resident’s Association (MRA) has no affiliation whatsoever with the Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC). Issues regarding conditions in correctional facilities are outside our purview. Also, this Centre is not within Mimico’s boundaries.

This post has struck an important cord for many people, and it may be helpful to direct your comments to the governmental departments in charge of our corrections system.

Complaints, contact requests or feedback about the TSDC should be directed to:

[Excerpt from the Information Sheet distributed by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services]

When the new Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC) opens in 2013, it will be the greenest correctional facility in the province, with a state-of-the-art security system to ensure public safety.

Built on the site of the former Mimico Correctional Centre in Etobicoke, the TSDC and a second correctional facility under construction in Windsor are the cornerstones of Ontario’s modernization of the province’s correctional system. The TSDC will replace older, less efficient facilities such as the Toronto Jail and Toronto West Detention Centre. Its new intermittent facility, the Toronto Intermittent Centre, opened in December 2011, replacing the Mimico Correctional Centre, which had been operating as a provincial correctional institution since 1952.

The 1,650-bed TSDC will securely house inmates mainly from Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area, who the court has remanded into custody while awaiting a court hearing , as well as offenders serving custodial sentences of less than two years. The Toronto Intermittent Centre, located on the same site has 320-beds for adult male offenders serving weekend intermittent jail sentences.

Dentention Centre Contact info and hours:


Toronto South Detention Centre
160 Horner Avenue, Etobicoke, ON, M8Z 0C2
Tel: 416-354-4030
Fax: 416-212-6412
Capacity: 1,650
Visiting Hours (via video link)

Non Direct Supervision

Professional Visits:
09:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Public Visits:
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Direct Supervision

Professional Visits:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Public Visits:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.
6:00 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.

More information [PDFs]:

Toronto South Detention Centre – Information Sheet

Toronto South Detention Centre – Q&A

Location of the TSDC (132 – 160 Horner Ave, Etobicoke):

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  1. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am a pastor at nearby Long Branch Baptist Church in Toronto. We are a church very close to the new Toronto South Detention Centre. I wondered whether there was a chaplain or someone whom I could contact to volunteer myself and our people to help minister to the inmates in prison and to their families who struggle as a result.
    Sincerely, Pastor Robert Miner

  2. Everybody needs a second/third chance in their lives. I am a local resident and would like to know when and how I can apply to work at this new facility. I am presently affiliated with St. Joseph’s Health Centre and would like to bring my experiences to this location in the near future.

    Thank You
    Diane P. Moskal

  3. I am wondering if there is a reading/ book club program for the inmates at TSDC? I am interested in volunteering in this capacity as I know other programs like this are run in other prisons very successfully. I currently work in a diversion program for young offenders, and would like to find ways to volunteer my time to help adults in the justice system.
    Olivia Henrich

  4. I have checked numerous websites for the Toronto sounth dentention centre and NOT 1 lists the local number to call in Toronto..How are we to get in touch with the jail if we cannot find the telephone number. Evern Bell Canada does not have the listing. What is the number?

  5. I was released from the toronto south detention center yesterday. which was the worst 6 months of my life. this jail is unlawfully keeping inmates locked in there cells with no shower, no phone calls for weeks at a time. i am disgusted with the way the staff treats inmates. we would ask why this was being done the way it was done and there reply was ” short staffed”. is it the inmates fault that the Department Of Corrections Opened a super-jail without properly staffing each and every unit? the way we being treated was as though we were in segregation which are for inmates that have received a misconduct or bad behavior which is to my knowledge unconstitutional. something must be done in order to correct this, pro-longed segregation can develop into mental health issues. and why? cause they were “short Staffed”? i come to you as a fellow toronto resident hoping to change his life around. people make mistakes and some people belong in segregation yes but for such small issues is totally unlawful. i appreciate you hearing my voice and i hope maybe this might help the cause for a better system one day. thank you for your time

  6. This jail is unlawfully keeping inmates locked in there cells with no shower, no phone calls for weeks at a time. This is so wrong in so many ways, the inmates are human beings too. They do have families that love them and would like to receive phone calls from them. Not everyone is perfect and we all mess up. What if it was one of your family members always on lock down? What would your response be? This so called state-of-the-art facility shouldn’t have been open unless it was properly staffed for each unit. I want to find a way to report this somehow. This facility is not Humane at all.