John Howard Society of Toronto

About Us

Mission Statement

“Making communities safer by delivering individualized and integrated support, empowering those in conflict with the law to achieve positive change”


The John Howard Society of Toronto is a non-profit organization committed to providing and developing programs that reduce the social, economic and personal costs of crime. The Society is dedicated to helping all people who have been in conflict with the law and individuals at imminent risk of coming into conflict with the law through service, education and community programs.

The roots of the John Howard Society can be traced back to the 18th Century England to a man named John Howard. He began investigating prison conditions – lack of medical care, sanitation, death from disease and starvation. He wrote a paper that was presented to the British House of Parliament entitled “On the State of Prisons in England”. He began the reform movement. He continued to devote the rest of his life to prison reform. He died in 1790.

Board of Directors

Jackie vanEgmond
President and Chair

Melissa Branco
Vice President

Joseph Ciraco

Kate Beniuk

Jasmine Irwin

Robert MacLellan

Richard Derham

Sarah Al Naqeeb

Lawrence Dawkins

Judith Kay


The John Howard Society of Toronto is in compliance with all Ministry of Labour and Human Rights policies. We have completed the compliance checklist for AODA required standards.

Our Commitment

The John Howard Society of Toronto is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information of its employees, members, donors and clients. We value the trust of those we deal with. We remain transparent and accountable to this process.

Anyone we collect information from should expect that it be carefully protected and that any use of this information is subject to consent. Our privacy practices are designed to achieve this.

Personal Information

Personal information is defined by legislation as any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual.

Privacy Practices

Personal information gathered by our organization is kept in confident. Organizations are authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it was obtained. Safeguards are in place to ensure information is not disclosed or shared more widely that is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered. We also take measures to ensure that the integrity of this information is maintained, and to prevent its being lost of unintentionally destroyed.

Financial Statements

View our 2022-23 Financial Statements

Link to CRA/ T3010

View our CRA/T3010 Charitable Organization Designation

Accessibility Policy

View our Accessibility Policy

Annual Report

View our 2022-23 Annual Report