William W. Creighton Youth Services

Inspiring youth to nurture healthy communities

Jack McGuire Centre
Services Jack McGuire Centre

The Jack McGuire Centre is a 7 bed open/detention facility, which provides services to male 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, Community & Social Services. The McGuire Centre is one of several open/detention facilities that service Northwestern Ontario.


The McGuire 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


The McGuire 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


The McGuire 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.