Barrie introduces pilot shuttle service for those leaving Central North Correctional Centre

The pilot project is part of a council motion

News release – City of Barrie

The City of Barrie and the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General have reached an agreement for the City to pilot a shuttle service that will allow individuals released from Central North Correctional Centre (CNCC) to get closer to home.

This pilot project is part of a Council motion approved on May 17, 2023, to address chronic homelessness and enhance public safety in Barrie.

“The release of individuals from CNCC to the Barrie area created a challenging situation for the City. It’s an issue I heard a lot of concerns about when I was out knocking on doors during the election,” said Mayor Alex Nuttall.

“I’m excited for the opportunity for the City of Barrie to partner with the Province of Ontario on this pilot project to provide additional options to help individuals successfully transition out of the correctional system. I want to thank our local Members of Provincial Parliament for their work and dedication on this, along with the Solicitor General for their help, cooperation, and leadership.” 

Historically, Barrie was chosen as the drop-off location for individuals released from CNCC because it was the closest city that provided regional transit service. Several individuals are released each day from CNCC and a number of those individuals arrive in Barrie.

Of the approximately 700 homeless people in Simcoe County; half identify as living within Barrie.  As part of this recent enumeration 38 per cent of all people living on the street in Simcoe County identified they were doing so because of “health or correctional” issues. The goal of the pilot project is to provide alternative transportation options to bring individuals leaving the correctional system closer to their desired final destination and existing support networks.

The City will be responsible for all costs associated with these transportation services and will monitor the success of this pilot project on an ongoing basis. The shuttle service is anticipated to start in September 2023.

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