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Bruce McKitrick Centre
Services Bruce McKitrick Centre

The Bruce J. McKitrick Centre is a 7 bed open/detention facility, which provides services to female youth between the ages of 12-18, in a residential setting.

The facility is part of the youth justice system, and is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The McKitrick Centre is one of several open/detention facilities that service Northwestern Ontario and is the detention intake point for female youth within Northern Ontario Court Jurisdictions.


The McKitrick Centre is a Trauma informed facility, which focusses on the youth’s strength’s in making positive changes in their lives. The facility staff provides programming, counselling, advocacy, and most important a therapeutic environment/relationship in order to support the youth in making change.


  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Social Skills
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Healthy living
  • Anger Management
  • Education
  • Substance Abuse
  • Recreation
  • Drug/Alcohol Awareness
  • Spirituality
  • Life Skills 
  • Tele psychiatry- with Toronto Sick Kids


The McKitrick Centre is a culturally diverse facility, which provides and supports Cultural traditions, celebrations, and ceremonies. The Youth have opportunity to attend community events as well as the Centre brings in community members to provide teachings for the staff and youth.

Such as;

  • Sweat lodge ceremonies/teachings                       
  • Medicine walks/teachings
  • Seasonal feasts                                                         
  • Crafts, i.e. moccasins, medicine pouches
  • Birch bark baskets                                                   
  • Regalia making


The McKitrick Centre has an onsite classroom that is operated by the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board.

Youth attend daily and have one month of summer school in July. Each youth has their own individual learning plan, with support from the facility teacher.

Bruce McKitrick Centre
1014 Oliver Road, PO Box 10632
Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 6V1
Phone: (807) 766-2900
Fax: (807) 344-2420