THUNDER BAY, ONT. — The Ontario government is investing in infrastructure expansion projects at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre and Kenora Jail, with the construction of new structures at both facilities to allow for increased access to literacy, skills development and technology programs that support safe community reintegration.
The investment will also help address overcrowding during construction of the new Thunder Bay Correctional Complex. The government is in the process of developing the Request for Proposal for the project and it is expected to be released by early 2021. Tendering and construction of the projects is expected to be completed by spring 2022.
The projects are part of the government’s strategy to invest more than $500 million over five years to transform correctional services and improve health and safety through new hiring and infrastructure improvements, a release indicates.
In preparation, Infrastructure Ontario, through its contractors, is undertaking environmental, geotechnical, survey, archeological and site servicing work within the secure perimeter at both facilities.
Indigenous leadership and organizations will have input into the design of the new spaces and other culturally appropriate aspects of the facilities.