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No hurdles for new jail

Work is ready to go ahead on the Okanagan Correctional Centre, now that all papers have been signed between the BC government and *Plenary Justice.

Construction will begin in August on the 36-acre site, located just north of Oliver, in the Senkulmen Business Park. The agreement is performance based, with a fixed price of $192.9-million, and will be built on land owned by the Osoyoos Indian Band.

"Reaching a final agreement with Plenary Justice to deliver the Okanagan Correctional Centre project is a catalyst for positive economic spin-offs and the creation of 1,000 direct and indirect jobs for the South Okanagan region,” says Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

“The construction schedule for this modern, high-security correctional centre remains on track, reflecting our government's pledge to ease capacity pressures and build safer, stronger communities."

Under the terms of the agreement Plenary Justice (a private partner for the project) will design, build and partially finance the construction, and provide facilities management services for the OCC for the next 30 years.

The province signed a deal with the OIB last February to lease the land for 60 years, with an option for an additional 20 years to be tacked on later.

This high-security facility will have 378 cells and it’s anticipated the work will be completed in fall of 2016.

*Plenary Justice is a construction consortium that includes:

  • Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd.
  • PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.
  • Honeywell Limited (Canada)
  • Jug Island Consulting Ltd.

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