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Youth Justice Committees of Ontario

Northwestern Ontario - Youth Justice Program

Update on services during COVID-19 outbreak
Interim direction for Youth Justice Open and Secure Facilities
Ontario continues to take decisive action to protect the health and safety of all people and families during the COVID-19 outbreak. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the following measures have been put into place in provincially-operated youth justice centres and in probation offices:
  • Enhanced screening processes have been implemented in all Directly Operated Youth Justice Facilities.
  • All personal visits and volunteer activities are cancelled. Approved personal visitors may maintain contact with youth by phone. Enhanced technology, such as video calling, where operationally available and operationally feasible, can be used for virtual visits with family.
  • Professional visits including legal counsel will continue although consideration should be given to alternative options such as the use of teleconferences.
  • All non-essential reintegration leaves are restricted until further notice.
  • Walk-in service is cancelled at all probation offices until further notice. Services will continue to be provided through the use of technology including telephone and email contact. Staff continue to have clients report by telephone and maintain case management supervision.
  • The Ministry has recommended similar measures be implemented by all service partners providing programming in communities throughout the province.

Acts as an alternative justice program in place of the regular court system
  • Meets with those alleged to have committed non violent offences and victims to negotiate an appropriate way to make amends for their actions
  • Provides an increased role for victims and communities in dealing with minor offenses committed by persons who are prepared to be accountable
NOTE: Offenders who plead innocent must remain in the regular court system
Offences eligible for referral include:
  • Theft, possession under $5,000 (for example, shoplifting, possession of stolen property or goods)
  • False pretenses under $5,000 (for example, price switching)
  • Mischief under $5,000 (for example, breaking a shop window)
  • Causing a disturbance
  • Fraud under $5,000
  • False statements under $5,000
  • Food, accommodation fraud

Expanded offences eligible include:
  • Property offences over $5,000
  • Giving a false name when arrested
  • Credit card offences
  • Minor assaults (schoolyard scuffles, altercations and interpersonal conflicts)

Age Requirements: Ages: 12 year(s) - 17 year(s);
Application Process
  • Police may refer an offender to a committee before a charge is laid
  • Crown may refer an offender after a charge is laid
Toll Free
Web Site
Mailing Address
c/o Youth Justice Program
Box 752
Fort Frances, ON, P9A 3N1
Larry Indian, Youth Justice Worker
Phone: 807-274-8541 ext 292
Documents Required
No documents required
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Legal Status
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Agency Information
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
June 29, 2021
516 Portage Ave
Fort Frances, ON, P9A 2A3
Located in the United Native Friendship Centre on Portage Ave near Scott St
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Hours of Operation
0900 - 1600
0900 - 1600
0900 - 1600
0900 - 1600
0900 - 1600

Mon-Thu 9 am-4 pm
Service Area(s)
Rainy River District