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South West Detention Centre Officially Opens

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South West Detention Centre Officially Opens

New Correctional Facility is a State-of-the-Art Investment in Community Safety

Ministry of the Solicitor General

The South West Detention Centre (SWDC) is officially opening its doors with the first transfer of inmates to the new state-of-the-art facility that will support more than 260 jobs.

The new centre replaces the recently decommissioned Chatham Jail as well as the Windsor Jail, which will close later this year.

SWDC supports direct and in-direct jobs, including correctional officers, medical staff and support workers. During construction of the 200,000-square-foot facility, approximately 150 construction workers were on-site daily.

The SWDC offers many specialized programs to reduce re-offense rates, and includes eight direct supervision living units to encourage positive interaction between staff and inmates, as well as a new mental health unit.

Enhancing Ontario's public safety infrastructure is a key part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, create jobs, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • The SWDC is a 315-bed maximum security facility for male and female remanded and sentenced inmates.
  • The building was designed and built to meet LEED® Silver certification.
  • Local companies were included in the project construction agreement with labour and materials drawn largely from Windsor and surrounding communities.


“The new South West Detention Centre will enhance community safety in Windsor and south western Ontario. This secure state-of-the-art facility will provide more space for rehabilitation programs, and will deliver health care and other supports that will contribute to the successful reintegration of offenders back into the community.”

Yasir Naqvi

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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