Nova Scotia Youth Facility

Nova Scotia Youth Facility

The Nova Scotia Youth Facility, located in Waterville, opened in 1988. The facility accommodates male and female young persons serving open or secure custody sentences as well as remanded young persons. The facility consists of a main administration building and five cottages. Within each cottage are two self contained, 12-bed living units. Each unit has a kitchen, laundry area, common living area and 12 individual bedrooms. The buildings are interconnected to form a circle around a large interior outdoor recreation area.The facility follows a program-based philosophy, utilizing an integrated learning program model. The goal is to provide instruction and the opportunity to practice skills which may effectively change behaviour. Each young person develops a reintegration plan with the assistance of staff guidance and support.

Health and mental health services are provided by an on-site IWK Adolescent Forensic Team.

The Nova Scotia Youth Facility has partnered with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board to operate an off-site education program in the community called Centre 24-7 and recently opened the Halifax Youth Attendance Centre.