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South West Detention Centre


Ministry of the Solicitor General

The proposed site for the new South West Detention Centre that will replace the aging Windsor Jail is located near the intersection of the 401 and Walker Road in Windsor.

The South West Detention Centre will be built using detention grade construction, with the latest techniques, materials and equipment. It will feature a high-resolution video surveillance system, and technologies used for contraband detection. In addition to these state-of-the-art systems, the facility will use integrated touch screen security control systems and system backups.


  • In the fall of 2008, the environmental assessment for the new facility will be initiated to review the construction site plans.
  • In mid-2010 the construction of the South West Detention Centre will begin on the new site.
  • Phased-in occupancy of the South West Detention Centre is anticipated by fall of 2012.
  • By the end of 2013 the Windsor Jail is expected to close.
The construction of the 315-bed South West Detention Centre is part of ReNew Ontario, the McGuinty government's five-year strategic infrastructure investment plan. By 2010, the government and its partners will invest more than $30 billion to address past under-investments and ensure future growth in Ontario.

Communities across Ontario will benefit from these capital projects through improvements in community safety and the local employment generated from these projects.



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