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Construction Of Correctional Centre Begins

By Adam Riley Nov 3, 2022 | 5:50 PM

Ground has been broken for a new one-point-two billion dollar correctional facility here in Thunder Bay.

The province announcing today construction of the 345-bed multipurpose correctional facility has begun.

The original correctional centre was opened in 1965 but its original building structure operated as a prison farm which opened in 1911.

“Replacing out-of-date infrastructure that no longer meets current needs is an investment in corrections modernization and public safety,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “This new facility will provide staff with the tools, technology and healthy work environment needed to do their jobs safely and effectively while providing a high standard of care and supervision for those in custody.”

The facility is expected to address capacity pressures and open up space for programming and supports for inmates with mental health issues.

The complex will also feature an innovative design that includes an abundance of natural light and views of nature, along with fixtures and furnishings that will create a healthy environment for both staff and those in custody. There will also be dedicated Indigenous cultural spaces, both indoors and outdoors, such as a smudging space, sweat lodge and teaching lodge. Some of the outdoor features will include a communal gathering space, greenhouse, and secure yard.

Design for the facility is said to have come following input from staff, local municipal partners, stakeholders and Indigenous leaders.

The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2026.


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