Youth Correctional Facilities

Core business

Correctional Facilities Component: The core business of youth correctional facilities is to provide safe and secure custody, direction and control of young persons, and to provide programs that address dynamic criminogenic factors to assist with the successful, reintegration of young persons into the community.


The division operates the Nova Scotia Youth Centre (Waterville) for sentenced and remanded young persons and the Cape Breton Youth Detention Facility (Sydney). The Cape Breton Youth Detention Facility is annexed to the Cape Breton Correctional Facility and serves as an overnight detention unit. The Nova Scotia Youth Centre operates 2 community-based attendance centres in Halifax and Waterville for youth serving community sentences or reintegration leaves.