1874 Industrial Schools Act Passed in Ontario

  • Jail (1840-1860), Front St. E., s. side, between Berkeley & Parliament Sts.

    New Rules for Young Petty Criminals

    The Industrial Schools Act provided for the opening of institutions to serve neglected and problem children. These institutions were meant to fill the gap between public schools and reformatories, the latter being focused on punishment rather than rehabilitation and rescue. For children found guilty of a petty crime, a judge or magistrate could choose to have them incarcerated in an Industrial School rather than a reformatory, with the hope of ensuring the child a safer and more humane place of refuge.

    Frederic Victor Poole

    Watercolour on paper


    Colour watercolour painting of a stone building, rectangular three storey wing with octagonal end.