John Howard Society of Toronto

charitable # 13341 2114 RR0001


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, Scarborough and South Etobicoke).  We provide New Beginnings!

Check out our new Strategic Plan for 2018-2020


View the John Howard Society of Toronto Accessibility Statement (AODA)



A Second Chance is all it Takes



The job market can be a though place for anyone. Imagine looking for a job with a criminal history. So many great employees are over looked because of there past instead of given a future.



JHST – Reintegration Centre – The Other Side of the Road


The Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC) is a maximum security jail that opened January 27, 2014 in South Etobicoke. At capacity is will house 1,620 male inmates. More than 180 men will be released from the jail each week and 33-44% will be homeless. Mental health and substance use issues are also prevalent among those released from jails which may present significant hurdles for local social and emergency service providers. In the communities surrounding the jail, there is a lack of affordable housing while both men’s shelters and addiction treatment centres are non-existent. In general, social services and resources are deficient in the area and there are concerns about the ability of the existing programs to manage the large number of high needs prison releasees. Our solution has been the South Etobicoke Reintegration Centre, or, the “RC”. The RC is a triage and referral site for newly released individuals leaving the Toronto South Detention Centre who require assistance to transition into the community. Based loosely on the United Way’s “hub” model, the John Howard Society’s staff, peers and partners offer a one-stop-shop, judgement-free environment to help men to connect with the systems and support services across the City of Toronto that they need. Accompaniment and community support is also provided by peers (people who have lived experience with the correctional system as well as substance use). RC staff and peers also provide harm reduction education and tools in an effort to prevent overdoses. Clothing, snacks, coffee, access to telephones, and also made available at the RC. Our current on-site partners include the African Canadian Legal Clinic, Margaret’s, Cota and F.E.A.T.


Important Notice: Bail Court at College Park


You can have your bail hearing by video!

  • The Toronto Bail program is now on site at the Toronto South Detention Centre. You can request
    to see them.
  • Ontario Legal Aid workers and Duty Counsel are also on-site to provide you with legal advice
    and assist you with your Legal Aid Application.
  • Duty Counsel at the institution can represent you at your bail hearing and make submissions
    on your behalf. They can also represent you on guilty pleas via video link.
  • Appearing by video eliminates transportation issues, as you can be released from the institution
    with your property instead of having to make your way back to pick it up
  • Appearing by video saves you from having to be transported to court. You can also take your
    property with you when you are released.

Find out more


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.



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