ORILLIA, ONT. — The Ontario Government is investing $40 million into the construction of two new state-of-the-art Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments — one in Orillia, Ont. and the other in Parry Sound, Ont.
Both projects, which are expected to reach substantial completion by late 2020, are part of the OPP Modernization — Phase 2 project, a $182-million investment announced last year. The investment will replace nine ageing facilities across the province that no longer meet the requirements of modern police operations.
The Orillia detachment will be approximately 33,000 square feet, and the West Parry Sound detachment, 18,000 square feet. Each detachment will provide space and infrastructure to support changing technology requirements, spacious and secure evidence vaults, several holding cells as well as CCTV and other advanced security features, indicates a government release issued June 10.
The detachments will be fully accessible and designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Standard.
The OPP Modernization — Phase 2 project is being delivered through Infrastructure Ontario’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) model, which guarantees taxpayers a fixed price for the nine detachments.
“Today’s $40-million investment for two new OPP detachments means that our province’s police will have access to better tools and technologies to keep our streets and residents safe,” said Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton, in a statement. “We’re investing in infrastructure that puts people’s safety first.”