Nearly half of the 130 correctional workers at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon are on workers’ compensation.
55 of them are on compensation, 32 on full leave, because of inmates assaulting them, and the union representing those staff members blame a policy change made earlier this year for the spike in assaults.
Corrections Canada changed its segregation policy in August, which now states staff cannot separate inmates “with a serious mental illness” or inmates “engaging in self-injury which is deemed to likely result in serious bodily harm” from the general population.
Corrections Canada isn’t releasing any specific details about what’s happening at the facility.
To resolve the short staffing issue, the remaining employees are working overtime.