Uprising at Central North Correctional Centre, Ontario

Uprising at Central North Correctional Centre, Ontario

Central North Correctional Centre, Penetanguishene, Ontario
June 19, 2015

Forty-five inmates in two separate units of a maximum-security facility in Penetanguishene engaged in a six-hour long uprising causing an estimated $50,000 in damage, according to Chris Jackel, the president of the union that represents prison employees.

The uprising began when 45 prisoners refused to lock up inside their cells, said Jackel. The prisoners then began destroying doors, phones, duct work, and throwing garbage cans. They also covered the floors with soap and shampoo to prevent guards from advancing.

Some prisoners were yielding weapons made from broken doors or socks filled with cement, he said.

After a six-hour standoff the uprising was ended with tactical teams using pepper spray against the prisoners.


Six-hour Ontario maximum security prison riot broken up by intervention team with pepper spray“, National Post, June 19, 2015.

Ministry investigating riot at maximum security prison in Ontario“, Toronto Sun, June 20, 2015.


Article published: 9/9/19