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Nipissing Detention Centre

The Nipissing Detention Centre is a youth justice residence for teenage males. It is a safe and secure place, for young people who are placed by a court order, under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Nipissing Detention Centre
45 Pinewood Park Drive, North Bay ON
Voice: (705) 474-6488
Fax: (705) 494-9947
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The Nipissing Detention Centre is an 8-bed youth justice residence for males aged 12 to 17 years. The Centre provides Open Detention and Open Custody services under the YCJA, for the Districts of Nipissing, Parry Sound, Muskoka and Temiskaming. All admissions are court ordered.

Young persons are admitted in order to:

  • Protect the community
  • Ensure attendance at court
  • Serve an Open Custody sentence


  • A full range of life skills training on site and supervised in the community where possible
  • Specialized programming that is geared to meet the needs of the youth using a Strength Based approach. Some of these programs include:
    • character education
    • literacy training
    • anger management
    • substance abuse
    • effective problem solving
    • First Aid certification
    • Safe Food Handler certification
    • etc

The Near North District School Board provides an on-site education program staffed by a teacher and an educational assistant. All residents are required to participate in a full day program September through June, and a half day program through the summer months. The teaching staff liaise with the youth's home school in an effort to provide continuity of the youth's education plan. Earning credits and catching up on missed studies is often achieved in this smaller setting.

Staff play an advocacy role for youth, ensuring that they understand their rights and responsibilities and ensuring legal representation in court.

Behaviour reports may be requested by the court or probation services

This program is funded by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services.