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Site of new detention centre announced

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Site of new detention centre announced

McGuinty government taking action to replace aging facilities

Ministry of the Solicitor General

The site of the current Mimico Correctional Centre in Etobicoke will be the location of a modern detention centre to replace the aging Toronto Jail.

The development of the 1650-bed Toronto South Detention Centre will be subject to an environment assessment process that will commence later this spring. The ministry will hold local information sessions about the project in late May and early June. Details about the upcoming information sessions will be posted on www.ontario.ca/tsdc mid-May.

Across Canada provinces are facing an increasing adult offender population, especially among those awaiting trial or sentencing. By investing in a modern, state-of-the-art detention centre, Ontario is ensuring that it can continue to meet demands in the correctional system, now and in the future.

This project is expected to generate up to $120 million in salaries in construction jobs over the lifetime of the project.

Quick Facts

  • The Mimico site has a long history of hosting a correctional facility in 1887 it opened as a reformatory for boys and during World War II, it was used as a Prisoner of War camp known as Camp 22.
  • The number of adults awaiting trial or sentencing in the provincial correctional system has doubled over the past 10 years.
  • The original Toronto Jail, also known as the Don Jail, was built between 1862 and 1865. It was replaced in 1958 with the current 560-bed jail and is now outdated and overcrowded.

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“This new correctional facility will significantly boost our ability to plan for the safe accommodation of our current and projected inmate population.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“To enhance public safety, Ontario is investing in modern, energy-efficient facilities that are equipped with the latest in technology and security systems. This project is part of the government's ambitious five-year, $30-billion plus ReNew Ontario plan to renew and revitalize all areas of Ontario's infrastructure.”

David Caplan

Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal



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