John Howard Society of Toronto


Welcome to the John Howard Society of Toronto.

We provide programs to individuals who have been in conflict with the law or those at risk of.  Our goal is to make Toronto safer through programs that focus on crime prevention, intervention and reintegration.  We have four offices in the Toronto area (Eglinton West, Danforth, Etobicoke and Scarborough).  We provide New Beginnings!

The John Howard Society of Toronto is pleased to announce that following a merger in 2015 with St. Leonard’s Society of Toronto, it now stands as one of the largest local providers of community correctional services and programs.

charitable # 13341 2114 RR0001

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Prisoner Justice Day Memorial

Since 1975, August 10th has been a day to remember the lives lost while in custody at Canadian institutions. Prisoner Justice Day originated in commemoration of Eddie Nalon, who tragically died in a segregation unit of Millhaven Maximum Security Prison in Bath, Ontario on August 10th, 1974. On the first anniversary of Eddies death, those in custody at Millhaven went on a one-day hunger strike and refused to work as they paid their respects to Eddie.

Work refusal and hunger strikes are the only options many in custody have when it comes to peaceful protest. Unfortunately, these actions are considered disciplinary offences by prison administration and those who participate are typically sent to segregation. Eddie is not the first person to die in custody and the families and friends left behind are often denied any answers as to what happened behind the prison walls.

As we remember the lives lost, we must continue our work to empower our clients. Together we can make reintegration a reality.


We Stand Together

The John Howard Society of Toronto’s Board of Directors condemns racism and discrimination of any kind.

We recognize the systemic discrimination, including Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous racism that is prevalent in our justice system. We proudly stand with our Black and Indigenous clients that have been hurt and discriminated against as they continue to work through and overcome these injustices. We proudly stand with our staff that work hard to support our clients guided by our agency values of Social Justice and Leadership, Equity and Integrity, Inclusivity, Results Focused, Resiliency, and Accountability. We will continue to support and advocate for a fair justice system and for communities that are more inclusive and safe. Ongoing agency training remains a priority as we acknowledge the need for continuous growth and understanding related to Anti-Black racism, anti-oppressive service delivery and restorative justice practices.

As an agency we will continue our work to ensure that our Board, our management team and our frontline staff represent the diversity of those we serve and support. We will continue to listen and learn from our Black and Indigenous staff, neighbours, community members, and clients. Their voice will inform us on how to play an active role in the movement to finally bring meaningful and sustainable change to the fight against racism. As a next step, we are creating an anti-racism committee that will advise the agency on where our collective voice and support is needed most, both internally and externally. Silent support is no longer acceptable – John Howard Society of Toronto commits to having an active voice.

COVID-19 Notice

As an organization, we are doing our best to adapt how we work, while protecting the safety of our people and continue to serve our valued clients. In order to do this, we continue to carefully monitor COVID‑19 developments and actively review our practices.

Please check the list below to find out how we are still helping.

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