about us

The Elizabeth Fry Society Sudbury Branch was established in 1972 by a group of volunteers from the Sudbury community and is an autonomous, community-based non-profit charitable organization. Throughout our 50 years in Northeastern Ontario the Society has delivered programming that contributes to improving the knowledge, life skills, coping strategies, and stability of criminalized people, with a particular focus on women and young women.

The Society also focuses on promoting and providing community-based alternatives to incarceration and promoting community awareness of criminal and social justice issues.

In 2018, the Society changed its name to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario to reflect the services provided in Sudbury, North Bay, Espanola, Massey, Sturgeon Falls, and Mattawa. Our services are offered in both French and English.


The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario is dedicated to confronting the effects of criminalization and incarceration and in particular the circumstances of women and gender diverse people in the criminal justice system.


• To provide support services and practical assistance to criminalized or at-risk individuals, with a particular focus on women and gender diverse people.

• To assist our service users with overcoming barriers to reintegration, and to build stable, resilient lives with appropriate support networks.

• To advocate with and for people who are incarcerated, in the court system and in the community through a human rights and equity perspective.

• To promote alternatives to incarceration while advocating for systemic change.

• To promote community awareness regarding inequality and the oppressive social conditions that contribute to people becoming criminalized.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario is supported by multiple funders: private, public and corporate donors as well as municipal, provincial and federal funders. Their generosity makes a difference in the lives of women and young women in our community. We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your continued support.

Our Programs

Ongoing Support & Volunteer Services

The Ongoing Support and Volunteer Services Program involves both the delivery of direct client services in the community and in correctional facilities, and the development of volunteer resources.

Bail Verification & Supervision Program

The Bail Verification and Supervision Program includes both the verification of information about accused persons and the supervision of accused persons while they are in the community awaiting trial.

Homelessness Network -Housing Case Management

The goal of the Homelessness Network is to assist those who are absolutely homeless or staying in emergency shelters, to find and maintain housing through a specialized case management program addressing barriers to achieving permanent housing.

Open Arts Studio

The Open Arts Program decreases social isolation through the provision of an engaging, positive and beneficial open group experience with art and art making while addressing needs, literacy levels and learning styles of all participants.

Restorative Justice & Conflict Mediation

The Restorative Justice and Conflict Mediation Program provides peer mediation for youth aged 12-21 using a restorative justice approach within the school setting to address conflict/violence that impacts the school community.