Learn about the Whitehorse Correctional Centre

The Whitehorse Correctional Centre (WCC) balances the safety of:

  • inmates;
  • the public; and
  • the staff.

The correctional centre provides safe and humane services and programming to support:

  • pro-social inmate behaviour;
  • rehabilitation; and
  • healing.

WCC is a multi-level correctional facility for adults from across Yukon. It opened in March 2012, utilizing a direct supervision inmate management model.

This style of supervision:

  • enhances safety;
  • promotes open and effective verbal communication; and
  • allows correctional officers to interact directly with individuals in custody without physical barriers.

Safety and design features

  • Leed Silver standard
  • 3 storeys
  • 73,195-square-feet
  • 5 living units for men
  • 1 living unit for women
  • fresh-air yard for each unit
  • 1 gym or gym equipment in each living unit
  • 1 healing room
  • 1 room for programming and training in each direct supervision living unit
  • 1 multi-purpose room that can be used for programming
  • 1 outdoor healing and recreation space
  • WCC has an operational capacity of 151 inmates

Safety and supervision features

The "Third-Generation" design of building allows staff to manage inmates with varying security requirements. The compact design:

  • allows for efficient emergency response times;
  • allows the staff to move easily between and within units;
  • allows for inmates from each living unit to have access to:
    • programs;
    • services;
    • meals;
    • fresh air; and
    • exercise equipment.
  • allows for the ability to minimizes movement within the centre;
  • allows for humane measures to be put in place to minimize contact between incompatible inmates; and
  • lets inmates sleep in private individual or two-person cells, which are clustered in self-contained living units.

The safety and design features permit direct supervision on each unit, which:

  • allows for a correctional officer to be present on each living unit without physical barriers between staff and inmates;
  • promotes continuous monitoring with the use of all physical senses; and
  • promotes ongoing verbal communication with the inmates.

Over 400 cameras connected to a central control system provide visual monitoring of all areas.

In-house facilities

Video remand, medical and dental facilities reduce the need to transport inmates to the community for court or health services.

Contact: 

The correctional centre is located at 25 University Drive in Whitehorse. It’s open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except for statutory holidays. If you have questions about the Whitehorse Correctional Centre, phone 867-455-2900, or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408 ext. 2900.