The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is hiring additional corrections officers in northwestern Ontario.

A posting on the province's public service careers page shows that the 55 temporary, fixed-term contract positions are for facilities in Thunder Bay, Fort Frances and Kenora.

20 of those positions are for the Thunder Bay District Jail, 15 are slated for the correctional centre on Highway 61, another 15 for the Kenora Jail and 5 for the Fort Frances Jail.  Three of the 15 jobs at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre are bilingual English-French positions.

The posting lists the wages at $24.02 to $28.25 per hour, but notes that hours are irregular, and that employees could work anywhere from zero to 40 hours per week.

A spokesperson for the ministry confirmed to CBC News that the jobs were posted in January, after the province and corrections staff represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union reached an agreement in labour talks.

The union has repeatedly spoken out about the understaffing in Ontario's corrections system, and during a visit to Thunder Bay, Minister Yasir Naqvi pledged that more personnel would be hired.

In a letter sent by the minister to corrections staff, released to the media on Friday, the minister vowed to "continue to hire many more in the coming months and years to ensure staffing levels grow beyond normal turn-over and retirement."