Kenora Corrections will see significant funding from the Ontario Government.
$96 million will go towards both the expansion projects at the Kenora Jail and the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre. This comes along with the announcement of the development of a new state-of-the-art Thunder Bay Correctional Complex, which cost $1.2 billion.
"This major investment will fund a modern and secure corrections complex in Thunder Bay as well as a significant expansion of the Kenora Jail to add more capacity and improved rehabilitative services,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River.
"These projects will benefit our communities not only by creating better correctional facilities but by creating hundreds of good-paying jobs in construction and frontline correctional services while boosting our local economy.”
Bird Construction Inc. is scheduled to complete infrastructure expansion projects at the existing Thunder Bay Correctional Centre and Kenora Jail in late summer 2022.
Construction of the new Thunder Bay Correctional Complex is expected to start this fall and be completed by fall 2026. The 345-bed multi-purpose facility will replace the outdated existing jail and correctional centre in Thunder Bay.
The Province is also investing $5 million for a new Northern Attraction Incentive Program pilot to attract and retain corrections staff in the North.