Is The Ontario Government Using Slave Labour?

by Terry Wilson
Canadian Awareness Network
August 15, 2013

When the topic of forced labour or slave labour is discussed, countries like China and other similar totalitarian regimes are what most people invision. We definitely do not think of Ontario or anywhere in Canada. But is that a misconception?

In my short stay at the Central East Corrections Center in Lindsay Ontario, I made sure to observe how the state operates when it is given full control. I saw many many things that made my stomach turn, but none as much the prison work programs.

Inmates in the general prison population where given the chance to do work in the kitchen, doing laundry, and doing grounds keeping. The inmates in protective custody could work in a factory.

While working for the outside grounds keeping I noticed a sign on the factory that said Trilcor. So I asked around about what that was and what they do in the factory. I was told that they make license plates and do sewing. Here is what the ministry of community safety and corrections states about Trilcor:

Trilcor Industries was established in 1991.

The Trilcor name comes from the words “trillium”, Ontario’s provincial flower, and “corrections”.

By providing inmates with the opportunity to work at meaningful jobs, the program provides cost effective, rehabilitative work experience for offenders. In the process, they learn valuable skills that will serve them well upon release. A regular work schedule teaches offenders accountability, responsibility and teamwork.

Trilcor’s products are marketed to government organizations at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, as well as school boards and not-for-profit organizations. Ontario’s correctional facilities also use a number of Trilcor’s products. This provides the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services with direct cost savings.

You can see all of the products they make HERE.

I will use the license plates that the inmates produce to illustrate what bothered me so much about it. The inmates working to make the plates are payed one chocolate bar a week. A chocolate bar for 35-40 hours of work. Now the inmates are not forced to work. They do have a choice, so it cannot be compared to forced labour in a physical sense. But being in jail is so mind numbingly boring that the ability to do anything seems like it was sent from heaven. Many inmates work to save themselves mentally.

Being payed a chocolate bar a week to produce license plates that the government charges $85 for others to buy. In my opinion is slave labour. What do you think?


One response

  1. Winston Smith

    Thats not even the worst part. I served 90 days in central east in productive custody for a bogus simple assault charge on a former girlfriend. The new laws, curtisy of our misandry premire, make it so that you as a man must prove you didn’t commit a crime. How do you prove you didn’t do something? Well, luckly I had photos of her from the day after the alleged “attack”, not to mention I had witnesses that cooroberafed my story: I did not attack her. I got 30 days for simple assault (all my photos did was prove that she had no bruses, she blatantly lied but they still believed her that SOMETHING happened) and another 60 for breaches of recognasance, BEFORE I had even had my day in court. I had never been in trouble with the law before, and as it was an alleged attack on a woman the guards suggested I sign into protective custory. From what I can assertain from the other inmates, the only difference between general population and protective custody is the TYPE of inmates. The worst of the worst go to protective custody: the real woman beaters, the people who turn their friends in to save themselves a harsher sentence, the pedophiles, the rapists…there was one guy on an adjacent pod who was in remand for the crime of killing his girlfriend, having sex with her dead body, chopping her up and putting it in a garbage bag. There were a lot of others like me, guys who had vindictive ex’s, women looking for a leg up in custody battles, victims of monetary extortion…the worst part? The guards KNEW thiis. It has gotten to the point that charges of violence against women aren’t even looked down on, you litterally cannot tell and there are SO many innocent men thrown in with real criminals. Trilcor is expanding production, and they make a tremendous amount of money. As you said, $85/plate for 40 hours of factory labor at a candy bar a week, even in the United States, the prison capital of the world, this is illegal as they mandate prisoners are paid 20 cents an hour or so. They get volunteers with the threat of instutuonalized violance and mind numbing boredom. Some pods have more fights than others, the work pod is the most peaceful as nobody wants to lose one of the possitions on the assembaly line, and if you refuse to work…well, lets just say that the guards are very aware of where all of the cameras on the super jail are, and rhey all have a code of silence. I believe that if the majority of Canadians knew about this that they would be horified and very against it, but as I said the provincial government makes a lot of money off of this and because of Wynns unfair laws this industry is expanding rapidly. Please get my story out, this is not right, this is not Canadian, and it needs to end.


    March 11, 2016 at 10:20 PM

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