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Mother-Child Program part of expansion at Grand Valley Institution for Women

The Correctional Service of Canada is expanding Grand Valley Institution for Women to better accommodate inmates.

40 new minimum-security beds and 5 adjoining rooms will be added to a new unit situated outside the fence of the main GVI complex but still on the same property on Homer Watson Boulevard in Kitchener.

Media Relations Advisor for CSC, Chantal Guérette, tells 570News this will house female offenders who are classified as minimum security — meaning they pose limited risk to community safety.

This will allow up to 5 women offenders and their children to participate in the Mother-Child Program – which helps in the rehabilitation and successful reintegration of female inmates.

Decisions will be made with local child welfare authorities to ensure participation in the program is for the best interests of the child.

The program was first introduced in 1997.

In total, the CSC will be adding 114 minimum security beds to its women’s institutions.