May 29, 2020

Government Invests Over Six Million Dollars to Upgrade Correctional Facilities

Today, the Ministry of Corrections and Policing and the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General announced approximately $6.3 million in upgrades to correctional facilities across the province.

These projects are part of the Government of Saskatchewan’s $7.5 billion two-year capital plan to build a strong Saskatchewan and stimulate Saskatchewan’s economic recovery.

“These projects will modernize our existing facilities to ensure they provide a safe environment for staff and offenders,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “A large portion of this investment will go toward modernizing programming that helps rehabilitate offenders.”

This funding will be used for important upgrades in correctional facilities such as:

  • The replacement of the Urban Camp and related facilities at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre ($4.6 million);
  • Expansion of the Cultural Lodge program to the Regina Correctional Centre, Saskatoon Correctional Centre, Prince Albert Correctional Centre and Kilburn Hall Youth Centre ($920,000);
  • Kitchen upgrades at the Regina Correctional Centre ($110,000);
  • Razor wire upgrades at the Regina, Pine Grove, Saskatoon and Prince Albert correctional centres ($450,000); and
  • An expansion to the parking lot at the Prince Albert Youth Residence ($65,000).

Additionally, approximately $150,000 will be used to replace porcelain toilets in the detention area at the Regina Provincial Court House with stainless steel toilets and sinks designed to reduce any potential for self-harm.  Design and construction on these projects will take place over the next two fiscal years.