The provincial government says construction on a new correctional facility for Newfoundland and Labrador will start construction in 2022.
Min. Andrew Parsons and Min. Steve Crocker made the announcement at the Quidi Vidi Boathouse on Wednesday.
The 21,000 square meter facility will cost $200 million and will be constructed in the White Hills area of St. John’s, near the existing RCMP headquarters. Government says it'll have more than double the capacity of Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, allowing for more programming, recreation, and better mental health services.
"This new facility will provide a space for the rehabilitation of inmates and a safer work environment for staff," Parsons stated in a press release.
"While there is still much work to do we are committed to working with our partners in government and the community to improve the system and bring about positive change.”
Requests for Proposals (RFP) for external procurement, technical and fairness advisors will begin this summer, while a request for qualifications (RFQ) to establish an industry short list of businesses interested in designing, building, financing and maintaining the facility will be issued in spring 2020.
The upcoming provincial budget includes $600,000 allocated for planning.
More to come.