Courthouse/Gaol Gallery

Welland’s History of Capital Punishment

The last execution to take place in the city of Welland was that of Thomas Arthur LaPlante. In the earlier hours of the morning of January 17th, 1958 the 22-year-old was hanged for his crimes at the Welland Court House. Capital punishment would not be abolished in Canada for another 18 years. Another 11 executions took place before Capital punishment was abolished, the last of these hangings took place on December 11, 1962. Visit our exhibit at the Welland Courthouse (102 East Main Street) to learn about Welland’s history of capital punishment.