John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka

Attendance Centre

This program is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. The Non-Residential Attendance Centre (NRAC) provides community programming consistent with the principles of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The model facilitates the effective use of sentence options provided by the legislation; specifically, probation disposition and deferred custody and supervision.

The Centre helps clients (12 to 17 years of age) to be accountable for their actions, address the risk factors that have led to their involvement with the criminal justice system, develop positive attitudes, behaviors and social skills, improve school performance, and create positive links to the community through recreation and employment skills. The Centre is for clients who: have been sentenced to a term of probation by the youth court, have been ordered by the youth court to complete hours at the Centre, and are at a high risk of re-offending.