The John Howard Society of Canada is a federation of provincial/territorial and local Societies comprised of people whose goal is to understand and respond to problems of crime, to work with people who have come into conflict with the law, to review, evaluate and advocate for changes in the criminal justice process and to engage in public education on matters involving criminal law and its application.

There are many organizations around the world which use the name “John Howard”. Most of these organizations are associated with prison aftercare or the corrections field generally. Some organizations are focussed entirely on the area of direct service while others are focussed entirely on the area of advocacy and reform. Although these organizations outside of Canada are not related formally, they have a common purpose and philosophy which reflects the life and work of John Howard.

There are Provincial/Territorial Societies in each of the ten provinces and in the Northwest Territories. Local branches and affiliates are associated with each Provincial/Territorial Society.

Direct service to individuals is delivered primarily by the local branches and affiliates. The Provincial/Territorial Societies take primary responsibility for reform and community education activities and provide administrative support to branches and affiliates. Activities such as communications and research on federal matters are done through the National Society, and through several provincial societies.

The John Howard Society depends on public involvement. All levels of our organization are governed by voluntary Boards of Directors. Volunteers are extensively involved in the direct service work of the Society. Many others support the work of the Society through donations.

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The John Howard Society of Canada is accredited under the Standards Program of Imagine Canada. The Standards Program recognizes adherence to standards in the areas of board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, management and volunteer involvement.

Staff and Board of Directors

The staff of the John Howard Society of Canada are:

Catherine Latimer

Executive Director

Rhea Higginson

Financial Manager

Board members are private citizens – nominated to the national board through their home provinces and territories – and can be contacted through the National Office at (613) 384-6272 or

Board of Directors


Funding Sources
Annual Reports