Youth detention facility to be built here

In an efforts to establish a dedicated youth justice system, the province announced Friday it would fund the construction of a new youth detention facility here in Fort Frances.
The 12-bed facility will be dedicated to aboriginal youth aged 12-17, and is scheduled for completion in early 2009.
“Our government is committed to providing an opportunity for troubled youth to turn their lives around and become productive members of society,” Children and Youth Services minister Mary Anne Chambers said in a press release.
“If young people are provided with the right supports and intervention, there is opportunity for rehabilitation and a reduction in recidivism,” she added.
“We believe if we don’t make this commitment now, our communities will pay the price later on.”
The facility will be built on government-owned property at Eighth Street East and Christie Avenue.
“It will be operated in partnership with an aboriginal organization, or an organization that has a partnership with an aboriginal organization,” noted ministry spokesperson Anne Machowski-Smith.
“Those details have to be ironed out,” she noted.
The facility here “will allow youth to move from the Kenora jail,” the ministry noted in its press release.
The ministry also announced it would fund construction of a new 16-bed facility in Thunder Bay in order to move youth from the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.
The $28.4 million allocated also will be used to expand the William E. Hay Youth Centre in Ottawa.
These three projects are expected to create roughly 480 construction jobs.
“All of these facilities will have state-of-the-art security and provide evidence-based rehabilitative programming,” the ministry noted in its press release.
“These services will include risk-needs assessment, case management, and reintegration planning,” the press release reads.
Design and construction will be the responsibility of the Ontario Realty Corp., which will hire contractors through an open and competitive process.