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Province Investing in Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre

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Province Investing in Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre

Upgrades Will Increase Safety, Functionality and Create Local Jobs

Ontario is investing almost $6 million in significant infrastructure upgrades at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre to improve safety in correctional facilities, increase functionality, and create jobs. 

Improvements include:

  • replacing exterior windows and security screens to improve staff and inmate safety
  • upgrading the emergency generator that supplies power when outages occur
  • upgrading the Building Automation System and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to improve efficiency and lower operating costs
  • replacing the electrical services and distribution systems with newer, more efficient equipment.

Construction is already underway, and the upgrades are expected to be complete by spring 2016.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in the province's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.

Between April and September, Ontario announced support for more than 200 infrastructure projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. The upgrades at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre build on that progress.

Upgrading correctional facilities across Ontario is a key part of the government's transformation of Ontario's correctional system to increase staff and inmate safety, enhance mental health supports, improve rehabilitation and reintegration programs, and break the cycle of reoffending to build safer communities.

Quick Facts

  • The Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre is located at 165 Barton St.
  • It was constructed in 1978. Its total area encompasses 163,932 sq. feet over six floors and can house up to 560 inmates.

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Yasir Naqvi

“Our government is committed to transforming our correctional system to help break the cycle of re-offending and build safer, stronger communities right across our province. Upgrading our correctional facilities is a key part of that commitment and these investments will help increase staff and inmate safety and improve Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre for years to come.”

Yasir Naqvi

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Brad Duguid

“Investing in important infrastructure projects, like the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre, generates significant economic activity, while improving the safety and quality of life in our communities. I'm pleased that construction on this project has already begun, creating jobs in the region, while ensuring we maintain and improve critical infrastructure assets.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Ted McMeekin

“I am pleased that our government continues to invest in Hamilton as part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history. The upgrades to Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre will both help improve the facility and create good local jobs.”

Ted McMeekin

MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

“The Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre is an excellent example of how an innovative approach to building systems allows Infrastructure Ontario to help ministries to better deliver government programs.”

Bert Clark

CEO, Infrastructure Ontario

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