McGuinty Government Expanding William E. Hay Youth Centre in Ottawa

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McGuinty Government Expanding William E. Hay Youth Centre in Ottawa

Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Last Step in Plan to Create Dedicated Youth Justice System OTTAWA, June 8 - The Ontario government is completing its plans to establish a dedicated youth justice system by expanding the William E. Hay Youth Centre in Ottawa, Phil McNeely, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans announced today on behalf of Minister of Children and Youth Services Mary Anne Chambers. The Ottawa Centre is one of the few remaining centres in Ontario with youth units within adult facilities. This initiative will allow youth to move from the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre to a facility dedicated to youth. "Youth in conflict with the law need to be held accountable for their actions, while receiving the help they need to discourage them from re-offending," said McNeely. "The expansion of this facility addresses the unique needs of troubled youth, and also helps keep them closer to their homes, their families, their community and local service agencies and to get their lives back on track." The government has allocated a total of $28.4 million to support the expansion of the William E. Hay Youth Centre and the construction of two other youth justice facilities. A 16-bed facility in Thunder Bay will allow youth to move from the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre and a 12-bed facility dedicated to Aboriginal youth in Fort Frances will allow youth to move from the Kenora Jail. These projects will create approximately 480 construction jobs. "Our government is committed to providing an opportunity for troubled youth to turn their lives around and become productive members of society," said Chambers. "If young people are provided with the right supports and intervention, there is opportunity for rehabilitation and a reduction in recidivism. We believe that if we don't make this commitment now, our communities will pay the price later on." The Ontario Realty Corporation (ORC), the government agency that manages the government's properties, will oversee design and construction of the facility by engaging industry professionals through an open and competitive process. This will ensure the facility meets all of the ministry's requirements and offers the best value for the people of Ontario. The facility expansion is expected to be operational by April 2009. Disponible en français www.children.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ONTARIO YOUTH JUSTICE FACILITIES Contact Info The McGuinty government is committed to building strong, safe and vital communities in Ontario by holding youth in conflict with the law responsible for their actions, while providing them with meaningful rehabilitation so they can become responsible, productive members of society. To support this, Ontario is creating a dedicated, fully-integrated youth justice system for youth aged 12-17, separate and apart from the adult system. This includes removing youth from youth units in adult facilities. The new system provides a broad range of evidence-based community and custodial programs and services to meet the needs of youth, their families and communities. The government has closed the following youth units so far: - Brockville Jail Youth Unit, in March 2004 - Quinte Detention Centre Youth Unit, in March 2004 - Windsor Jail Youth Unit, in March 2006 - Invictus Youth Centre, in May 2006, to facilitate construction of the Brampton Youth Centre. Five dedicated, secure youth justice facilities are now under development: - a 16-bed facility in Sault Ste Marie, scheduled for completion in February 2008 - a 192-bed facility in Brampton, scheduled for completion in late 2008 - a 16-bed facility in Thunder Bay, scheduled for completion in early 2009 - a 12-bed facility dedicated to Aboriginal youth in Fort Frances, scheduled for completion in early 2009 - a 16-bed expansion to the existing William E. Hay Youth Centre in Ottawa, scheduled for completion in early 2009. All of these new facilities will have state-of-the-art security and provide evidence based rehabilitative programming. These services will include risk-needs assessment, case management and reintegration planning. Education, vocational services, housing and counselling will also be available, and will take into consideration levels of physical, mental and emotional development, as well as language and cultural beliefs. Disponible en français www.children.gov.on.ca For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7161, (416) 571-7247 (Cell); Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Tricia Edgar, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7161, (416) 571-7247 (Cell); Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156