Portage Youth Centre provides Secure Custody Male & Open Custody Female and Male for youth between the ages of 12 to 17 years.
Custody and Detention Facility
Portage Youth Centre is a trauma informed custody facility located in the City of Kenora. Detention youth can live here safely and securely until the disposition of his/her case in the courts, when alternative community placements have been exhausted. At court, youth may be sentenced to Open Custody or Secure Custody, which may be served at Portage Youth Centre. The facility is designed with a physical environment that provides protection for the community regarding any youth who are deemed to require secure or open detention. It also provides a safe environment that promotes rehabilitation and reintegration opportunities for youth and promotes pathways to resiliency and recovery.
Portage Youth Centre
The facility has a capacity of 15 youth (10 open and 5 secure) at any one time and has a catchment area of approximately 60,000 square miles. Youth may range in age from 12 to 17 years as per the YCJA. It is 100% funded by the Province of Ontario and operates on a contract which is negotiated yearly with the Ministry of Child and Youth Services. Portage Youth Centre is operated by William W. Creighton Youth Services. The Centre consists of 3 living units – one secure and two open. The facility and property also contains two classrooms operated by the Keewatin-Patricia School Board, a multipurpose room, dining area and commercial kitchen facilities, administration, and outdoor recreation areas.
Portage Youth Centre operates a service for youth who are in a state of crisis and as such, our primary concern is their well-being. Portage Youth Centre provides a safe, supportive environment where youth can recoup their energies to deal with their life situations. Security is a priority, but it is done as unobtrusively as possible. The facility is supervised by trained workers, 24 hours a day. Involvement with the family and the community are encouraged and arranged as much as possible and each youth is assigned a prime worker to act as their advocate. Our staff aware that individuals can be further traumatized when their psychological trauma has not been addressed. Staff are trained in, and sensitive to, the impact of words, behaviours and appearance and the physical environment of the facility as a whole and strive to achieve an individual’s comfort and safety. PYC staff use a universal precaution approach with all youth so that they can be ready to recognize and support those youth who do have trauma exposure.
Portage Youth Centre
436 Rabbit Lake Road
Kenora, Ontario, P9N 4M3
Phone: (807) 548-8859
Fax: (807) 548-3062