The Advocacy Group is made up of MOMS members who want to be the voice of our loved ones inside.  We advocate by attending workshops/conferences; engaging with governments, community organizations and educational institutions; mounting campaigns, utilizing media tools and holding public meetings.  All of this equates to working for effective rehabilitation, humane treatment, and supportive reintegration for all those incarcerated.

Below are some current issues the Moms Advocacy Group are working on.

ION Scanner

Update June: The Minister has committed to a full review of the use of the ion scanner by CSC. Stay tuned.
Ion scanner e-516 petition:

Mr. Dubé presented the petition in the House, during Routine Proceedings, on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

The Standing Orders of the House of Commons require the government to respond within 45 calendar days to every petition presented to the House.


Watch Dr. Stacey Hannem’s presentation on the ION SCANNER:


Have you experienced a ‘false positive’ on the ion scanner when visiting a Canadian prison? If so, we want to hear your story.

Read a story from a family member:


Ion Mobility Spectrometer, better known as the Ion Scanner, is a drug-detection system used by Correctional Service Canada (CSC) in federal prisons. Introduced in 1995, the system was intended to help stop the entry of drugs into prisons.

When you visit the prison, you will be processed through this system and asked to give an item (e.g. keys, watch) or article of clothing to be swabbed. The swab is then placed in the ionizer to be analyzed for drugs.

If there is a positive “hit,” staff conduct a Threat Risk Assessment. The visitor is interviewed and a decision is made as to whether the visitor can be admitted to the institution.

2016 Current Campaign: The dreaded Ion Scanner. Please visit: http://cp-ep.org/ion-scanner-campaign/

Case Management

Including issues on access to programs and parole delays. Everyone is encouraged to apply for parole when eligible. It is illegal for anyone to ask inmates to sign waiver for parole.

Incarceration of 18-20 Year Olds

Presented by a MOMS group in Nova Scotia, they ask for your support to stop sending 18-20 year olds to adult prison. They need appropriate treatment at youth facilities given that the brain does not fully develop until about the age of 24. You can read the backup information and sign the petition by clicking below:


Access to Health Care

Federal inmates are not included in the Canada Health Act


Wages have not been reviewed in 30 years. Less than 9% of inmates are on the A scale which allows them to earn $6.90 /day. 37% are on the C scale which allows them to earn $5.80/day.


Nutrition is a big concern.  CSC has replaced the on site kitchens and initiated the “cook-chill” method in many institutions.  Food is poor quality and insufficient quantity.