St. Leonard’s Society of Canada

Founded in 1967

“Unless our society can redeem those who go astray, we can hardly call ourselves civilized; and, anyone doing the work being undertaken in St. Leonard’s halfway houses deserves the support of all who believe in human dignity.”

– Stanley Knowles, M.P.

The charitable and not for profit sector has always played a significant role in community based justice initiatives in Canada. Organizations such as the St. Leonard’s Society continue to demonstrate leadership in many areas, including coordination of services for those at the intersection of the criminal justice and mental health systems.

— Howard Sapers

St. Leonard’s gives people who have been in trouble with the law a place to live and an opportunity to remove the stigma of being convicted of a crime through guidance, counseling, and understanding. St. Leonard’s also advocates for reforms to the social justice system to ensure that those leaving prison are not returning to the community less able to live crime-free than when they left.

The strength and heart of our work rests on building genuine one-on-one friendships with the people we serve in a setting of support. A place where they are challenged to value themselves and to actively find meaning in their lives through education, employment and relationships within the community.