New Youth Custody Facility Opens
McGuinty Government Helping Youth In Conflict With The Law
Ontario is opening a new secure custody facility for young people in Brampton today that will accommodate up to 192 young people who are in conflict with the law.
The new facility will provide youth with specialized services and programs that will help them make the transition back into their community better-prepared to make the right choices and a positive contribution to society.
Programs and services offered at the centre will include:
- academic and certificate education programs
- pathways to employment
- vocational and skills training
- counselling, health care, spiritual guidance and rehabilitation programs.
The opening of this facility completes the government's plan to accommodate all youth in conflict with the law in dedicated youth justice facilities throughout the province.
- As of April 1, 2009 all youth in conflict with the law are accommodated in dedicated, youth justice facilities, separate from adult facilities.
- Capital funding to build the facility was provided by the government as part of its $30 billion five-year ReNew Ontario Infrstructure investments plan.
- Named after Roy McMurtry, a former Chief justice of Ontario in recognition of his contributions to youth and community service.
- The centre will employ 311 full-time and part-time staff; the project generated more than 380 construction jobs.
- Learn more about programs for youth in conflict with the law in Ontario.
- Find out how Ontario is helping youth achieve their potential.
- The province has also recently built and opened new youth centres in Fort Frances, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, and expanded an existing facility in Ottawa.
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“Youth in custody and detention have very different needs from adults. Here, not only will they take responsibility for their actions, but they'll have access to dedicated youth programming that will significantly reduce their risk of reoffending.”
“I am pleased to have my name associated with the new youth centre given its strong focus on education and rehabilitation.”