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
Jennifer Macko
Kate Beniuk
Emily Marsh
Robert MacLellan
Steve Soloman
Gary Thompson
Melissa Anderson
Sarah Al Naqeeb

Executive Director

Margaret Cheung


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

Download 2020 – 2021 Financial Statements

Link to CRA/ T3010

View our CRA/T3010 Charitable Organization Designation

Accessibility Policy

JHST Accessibility Policy

Annual Reports

2018-2019 Annual Report
2017-2018 Annual Report
2016-2017 Annual Report
2015-2016 Annual Report
2014-2015 Annual Report

Strategic Plan

2021-22 Strategic Plan