The Prince George Activator Society is a non-profit community service provider that supports adult men transitioning from incarceration to productive and balanced community living. We have been serving the community since 1971 and are a member of the BC Yukon Halfway House Association and the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.
A copy of the following house rules is provided to each resident upon admission to the house. A staff member reviews these rules with the resident, who will sign a duplicated copy (for their activity file) indicating they have received, reviewed, and understood the house rules and agrees to abide by them.
The Prince George Parole Office regards Activator CRF house rules to be as important as any special conditions imposed on the resident’s release plan. Any resident who is unable to conduct himself in compliance with these rules may have restrictions imposed or his residency terminated.
- Such restrictions may include but are not limited to:
- Reduced curfews or house restrictions
- Reduced or cancelled weekend pass privileges
- Additional chores
- Activator CRF operates independently of the Correctional Service of Canada and may withdraw support and/or services at any time, for just cause. The Correctional Service of Canada does not have to approve of such a decision.
- ALL parole condition violations will be reported to the Parole Supervisor and/or National Monitoring Centre.
1. Upon arrival at Activator CRF, residents will be assigned a room, given bedding and a room key. There is a $5 fee for replacement keys and residents are responsible for washing their own bedding/clothing. Activator CRF provides laundry facilities, laundry soap and dryer sheets, free of charge. Please note that at the time of discharge, all bedding and keys must be returned.
2. No resident is to have any contraband during their stay. Contraband includes, but is not limited to, pornography, weapons, drugs, alcohol, paraphernalia and/or any new items that do not match your current income. Any of the above items may be confiscated and turned in to the House Manager and the residents Parole Officer.
3. Violence will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Violence is defined as physical, psychological, emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse. The exhibition of any such forms of violence may result in immediate termination of residency.
4. All residents are expected to respect the ethnicity, culture, religion, gender and sexual orientation of all other persons within the residence.
5. All residents are responsible for assisting in the daily upkeep of the facility. Each resident will be assigned weekly chores that are to be completed daily, or when requested by a staff member. Failure to comply with chore completion may result in curfew restrictions and/or pass suspension. There are chore descriptions posted around the CRF.
6. Residents residing at Activator CRF will be expected to use their time in a meaningful way. This could be to address one of the following but is not limited to: programming, employment searches or training, educational/vocational upgrading, volunteering, support groups, addressing health/mental health concerns, and/or planning for release from the CRF.
7. New residents need time to settle into the CRF, their community and new routine. During the first week, an early curfew of 1700 is imposed. Residents are able to sign out in the morning from 0700 to 1200hrs and again from 1200 to 1700hrs. After the first week is completed, residents will then be able to sign out from 1700 to 2359hrs. This is the Activator CRF final curfew. If residents are not back on premises at this time, CRF staff are required to notify the National Monitoring Centre, within 10 minutes of the curfew violation. All residents are required to report back to Activator CRF, every day, at 1200 and 1700hrs, unless they are working, in program, on pass or otherwise previously authorized by their Parole Office.
8. Residents must sign in and out of the CRF upon every departure and arrival. Upon departure, the resident must report to the front office, use the punch card system and provide specific destinations to staff, allowing a justifiable amount of time for each. All residents are expected to phone Activator CRF in the event of a location change, or unexpected delay.
9. Residents may not sign out to ANY private residences, without getting pre-approval by a Parole Officer. This is usually done by the way of a Community Assessment, completed by CSC. In addition, all weekend/overnight passes must also be pre-approved by a Parole Officer. If the pass is located in town, an in-house pass will be generated, complete with the exact address, name of the person residing at the residence, due-back times, etc. Residents will be given a copy for reference, and the resident will sign a copy for the CRF acknowledging the terms of the pass.
10. Visitors are welcome at Activator CRF but must always check in with the front office, to sign-in and out, using the Visitor’s Log Book. They will be asked to provide a piece of government photo ID, which will be photocopied for the resident’s activity file. Please note visiting hours are from 1000-2200hrs. Visiting is limited to common areas of the house (downstairs lounge, outside gazebo). Visiting outside, in personal vehicles is prohibited, unless the occupants of the vehicle, check in with the front office, provides photo ID, as well as, license plate number. Residents are ultimately responsible for the conduct of their guests. Visitors are not permitted in residents bedrooms, upstairs or be left alone. Any visitors under the influence of drugs/alcohol or demonstrating any inappropriate or aggressive behavior, will be asked to leave.
11. Intra-room visiting, with other residents of Activator CRF, is permitted. Residents must keep the door ajar at all times during the visit and there is no intra-room visiting after curfew.
12. Meal times at Activators are as follows: 0700 – 0800 (breakfast time: consists of toast, cereal, fruit, etc.)
1200 – 1230 (lunch time)
1700 – 1715 (dinner time)
2030 – 2115 (snack time)
All meals are prepared in accordance with the Canada Food Guide & Health Regulations. Those who require a meal to be set aside or saved for them must ask staff in advance and have a valid reason for such (working/in program/school). Residents who work the next day, are able to make a lunch at snack time and have it stored in the Activator CRF fridge overnight. Any and all food prepared by Activator CRF kitchen staff CANNOT be taken up to residents bedrooms, in accordance with Northern Health regulations.
13. Meal time etiquette includes washing up before entering the food line, not eating off your plate while in the food line and not using cellphones/iPods while using any sort of headset in the food line.
14. Television is available at all times, but residents should be respectful of other persons in the house. Resident cell phone use is permitted in/around Activator CRF, however the number must be provided to CRF staff and their Parole Officer. There is a telephone available for resident use to make local calls, in addition to two pay phones, all located downstairs. The office line is unavailable to residents. Please be considerate of others while using the phone and limit conversations to a reasonable time frame. All residents should receive personal calls at 250-596-3023.
15. Residents who have a vehicle must supply Activator CRF staff with a copy of their driver’s license and a copy of their insurance. Vehicles void of valid insurance are not permitted on/around the premises. Residents must park across the street from Activator CRF, as the front of the house is reserved for staff, visitors, contractors and emergency personnel.
16. Activator CRF is a smoke free environment. In accordance with WorkSafe BC, smoking is not permitted in the facility or within 3 meters of any doorway. Smoking is ONLY permitted outside by/inside the gazebo. Staff, residents, and visitors must use ashtrays for cigarette ashes and butts. Do not use the side of any structure (the house, gazebo, picnic table) to put out cigarettes. This is destruction of property and shows a lack of respect for the facility. Any resident caught smoking in the CRF will be fined $250 for the first infraction; the second infraction may result in removal from the facility.
17. Room searches may be conducted, where there is suspicion of illegal activity or contraband. To ensure general upkeep of the rooms and house safety, staff on ALL shifts will conduct room checks.
18. All residents who are unemployed, but are following their correctional plan and have no other means of income, will receive daily maintenance allowance every Friday. Residents contribute $0.25 a day ($1.75 a week) to the Residents Welfare Fund, to assist with resident’s cable and phone lines.
19. All medications must be turned in to Activator CRF staff upon admittance and/or upon receiving a new prescription or refill. All prescribed medication will be stored in the front office and will be documented when they are taken, using time and initials (by both staff and residents).
20. Activator CRF is not responsible for any items that are lost, stolen or damaged in any way during residency. Property left behind upon a resident’s departure (UAL, suspension, etc.) will be immediately secured and itemized. Residents will be asked to designate an authorized person/charity to receive effects, upon admittance, in the event this should occur. All personal effects will be shipped 31 days after the resident’s departure, back to the institution or to their designated contact. A resident is permitted to bring a total of 5 boxes of their possessions (including their television set if applicable) into Activator CRF. If the resident has more personal effects, these will be required to be stored off premises at the personal cost of the resident.
21. It is MANDATORY that all residents attend House Meetings, which are held at 1700hrs, during the last week of every month. Meeting dates are posted around the CRF. The only valid excuse for missing a meeting is if a resident has to work or has received prior approval from the House Manager or Parole Officer.
22. On a monthly basis, Activator CRF is required by CSC to provide a summary report called a Resident Action Plan, which details resident’s goals, problems and successes in areas of personal growth, employment, education, recreation, communication skills, stress management and if residents are following their individual Correctional Plan. In order to complete this, residents will be asked to discuss the above in an informal manner with an assigned staff member on a regular basis. Residents will be provided with and sign a copy of the final report. The Resident Action Plan will be shared with the resident’s Parole Officer during a case conference meeting. When there is a change in activities and/or relationships, please advise the CRF staff and Parole Officer as necessary.
23. All residents are entitled to certain rights and privileges during their residency. All Activators staff are available to answer questions and address concerns about these rights and their protection. Should a resident’s rights be infringed, a grievance process is in place to address the infringement.
- During their stay at Activator CRF, residents shall enjoy shelter, food, reasonable privacy and access to telephones, and laundry facilities.
- Each resident shall be treated in accordance with Activator CRF values, mission statement and guiding principles.
- Grievances can be pursued in the following order:
- Raised with the appropriate staff member.
- Raised at the House Meeting, if appropriate.
- Taken to the Operations Manager of Activator CRF.
- Taken to the Executive Director of Activator CRF.
I have read and understand all aspects of the rules listed on the previous pages. I am willing to follow and comply with all the listed rules and regulations and I understand the consequences of not following such.