Learn about the Whitehorse Correctional Centre

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

  • the public; and
  • the staff.

The correctional centre provides inmates with rehabilitation and healing.

WCC is a multi-level correctional facility for adults from across Yukon. It opened in March 2012 and is a “Generation Three” style facility.

This style of supervision:

  • enhances safety; and,
  • allows correctional officers to be "agents of change" by working directly with inmates.

Safety and design features

  • Leed Silver standard
  • 3 storeys
  • 73,195-square-feet
  • 4 living units for men
  • 1 living unit for women
  • 1 segregation living unit for men
  • 1 secure living unit for men
  • 1 segregation or secure living unit for women (this is located in the women's living unit)
  • 1 fresh-air yard for each unit
  • 1 gym in each living unit; exercise equipment is available in each secure living unit
  • 1 healing room
  • 1 room for programming and training in each living unit
  • 1 multi-purpose room that can be used for programming
  • 1 outdoor healing and recreation space
  • WCC can accommodate 193 inmates

Safety and supervision features

The design allows staff to manage inmates at varying security levels. The compact design:

  • allows for efficient response times;
  • allows the staff to move easily between and within units;
  • gives inmates from each living unit access to:
    • programs;
    • services;
    • meals;
    • the fresh air yard; and
    • the gyms.
  • minimizes movement within the centre;
  • minimizes contact between incompatible inmates; and
  • let inmates sleep in 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 of the living units;
  • promotes continuous monitoring; and
  • allows for ongoing 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 College 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.