About the Ministry
Deputy Minister of Community Safety
Matt Torigian was appointed Deputy Minister of Community Safety, effective June 9, 2014. His portfolio includes the Ontario Provincial Police, the Ontario Police College, the death investigations system in Ontario, police support and inspections services, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. Additionally, he was briefly responsible for overseeing Ontario’s correctional system.
With a dedicated team of executives, Deputy Minister Torigian is leading a comprehensive transformation to ensure that all Ontarians are supported and protected by accountable, efficient, effective and accessible justice and public safety systems. He is responsible for leading the Strategy for a Safer Ontario, designed to build safer communities using a multi-sectoral and collaborative approach to community safety and well-being.
Prior to his appointment to the Ontario Public Service, Matt served with the Waterloo Regional Police Service and was appointed as Waterloo Region’s fifth Chief of Police on December 12, 2007.
Matt is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Western Ontario. Matt is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Merit of Police Forces in 2012.
Deputy Minister of Correctional Services
Sam Erry was appointed Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in October 2017 and was re-appointed in June 2018.
Together with his executive team and other ministry partners, Sam is leading the unprecedented transformation of Ontario’s correctional system with a clear focus on safety, human rights and dignity for both staff and clients. Sam is also leading the implementation of the Anti-Racism Directorate’s Strategic Plan, which is focused on addressing systemic barriers.
Sam is a seasoned executive with demonstrated experience in implementing complex, enterprise-wide transformations. He has held several senior executive positions over his career in the Ontario Public Service, including Associate Deputy Minister in Cabinet Office, Assistant Deputy Minister at Treasury Board Secretariat and Assistant Deputy Minister of Operations at ServiceOntario.
As a values-based leader, Sam believes that a transformational leader should be authentic and engage with honesty and integrity. He is also a strong proponent of inclusion, diversity and social justice.