Contributor(s)Jean-Claude Bernheim / Prison Insider

Daily life

Working prisoners have filed a Notice of Civil Claim to have their daily wages doubled. The current wage, set in 1986, is between $5.25 and $6.90 per day (seven-hour day).

Those who worked for the CORCAN Company, owned by Correctional Services of Canada (CSC), received better than average treatment until 2012. The salary was as much as $25 per day, with the possibility of bonuses. The government at the time reinstated the minimum wage for everyone. It also kept 30% of wages earned to help defray the cost of lodging and meals, reducing the wage from $1.85 to $2.08 a day.

A decision is expected to be made in 2017.

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