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Proposed Site Of New Detention Centre Announced

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Proposed Site Of New Detention Centre Announced

McGuinty Government Taking Action To Replace The Aging Windsor Jail

Ministry of the Solicitor General

A site near the intersection of the 401 and Walker Road in Windsor is the proposed location of a modern detention centre that will replace the aging Windsor Jail.

The new South West Detention Centre will be a 315-bed facility to house male and female inmates in the Windsor area. The site is subject to an environmental assessment process, including public information sessions, which will begin in November 2008.
Across Canada, the number of people in provincial custody awaiting trial or sentencing is growing. By investing in a new 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 $30 million in salaries in construction jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The South West Detention Centre project will have a positive economic impact on the local economy.
  • Approximately $30 million in salaries will be paid out to 125 to 175 construction workers that will be building the South West Detention Centre. In industry terms, roughly 800 person years of employment in construction and related trades will be generated when the facility is being built.
  • The Windsor Jail was built in 1925 and forms a central part of Windsor's historical Olde Sandwich Town. Olde Sandwich Town is home to 31 historical buildings, dating from 1798 to the early 1900s.

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“Our government is dedicated to building safe, strong communities and investing in this modern facility is part of that commitment.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“The McGuinty government is committed to bringing new jobs to Windsor. By building this much needed facility our government is generating up to $30 million in salaries for about 150 Windsor construction workers.”

Dwight Duncan.

MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh

“The South West Detention Centre is a much needed replacement to the aging and overcrowded Windsor Jail. Over the next couple of years, not only will the construction of this detention centre bring new jobs and new business for the local people and businesses of Windsor, it will bring long-term infrastructure and community safety improvements to our city.”

Sandra Pupatello

MPP for Windsor-West



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