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Food Services Officers urgently require Safety Training


In 2021

A brutal assault of a Food Services Officer (FOS) took place at a federal prison:

  • Correctional Service Canada was found in violation of the Canada Labour Code for not providing mandatory training, exposing FOS in that prison to the threat of assault.

In 2022

Through a national survey,
USJE finds that:

  • A similar lack of training exists for FOS across the country, exposing all FOS to a threat of assault.

In 2023

USJE launched a national campaign pressuring the employer to: 

  • Provide safety training; 

  • Fix broken equipment; and 

  • Hire more FOS in the kitchens. 


Since the launch of the campaign, USJE has been advocating on those issues and more safety training is now being offered. 


Prison kitchen staff justified in refusing to work after vicious attack, investigator finds

Internal Correctional Service of Canada documents reveal outside employees forced to work with inmates are inadequately trained, protected

By: Ryan Thorpe, Winnipeg Free Press | Posted: 7:00 PM CST Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021


in 3

Food Services Officers presently lack the training required to keep them safe.

The Facts

in 4

work in understaffed

in 10

receive NO safety
training before their first day of work.

Tell Correctional Service Canada that Food Services Officers need safety training now!


 Food Services
Officers urgently
require the
following safety  trainings

New Employee Orientation Program (NEOP) — including Anatomy of a Set Up — in person




Dynamic Security


CSPS Security Awareness


Managing Offenders in the Workplace


Communicating about Offenders


Working Mind First Responder
(Previously Road to Mental Readiness)


First Aid & CPR


Self defense

All new FOS (casual, term & indeterminate) need to receive these trainings BEFORE their first day of work.


All present FOS (casual, term & indeterminate) need to receive all of the above trainings that they have not yet received.

Food Services Officers need:


Safety training

(now & annually)!

More FOS in kitchens!

Broken equipment
to be fixed!

To be paid accurately and on time

Tell Correctional Service Canada that Food Services Officers need safety training now!


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