Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre


The Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre is located in the East end of Ottawa, and overseen by Correctional Services Canada. There is one McHugh teacher at this unit, who serves male and female students ages 18 to 21, who are in detention awaiting trial or sentenced to secure custody as determined by the Courts. The length of the sentence may vary from months to up to two years. 

Students come to us from a variety of lived experiences. This population has a range of cognitive profiles, identified learning exceptionalities and diagnoses. For example, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, verbal and nonverbal learning disabilities. Many also experience mental health issues including affective disorders.

While in our custody programs, students work to achieve curriculum learning expectations set out by Ontario’s Ministry of Education. We support various pathways including apprenticeship, college, community living, university, and workplace.

All students have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is developed collaboratively by the classroom teacher and student, in consultation with a primary child and youth worker and parent/guardian if a student is under 18.

All classrooms are staffed with a McHugh Teacher and a minimum of one Child and Youth Worker. There is an emphasis on creating safe and secure learning environments to foster student wellbeing and achievement.

Referrals to this program are made through the judicial system.

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