20 Mar 2013
The Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) reached two major milestones today with the signing of historic agreements between government and the Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) and the short-listing of three proponents that will move to the next stage of the competitive selection process for this project.
The B.C. government’s historic partnership with the OIB was celebrated today as Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond, OIB Chief Clarence Louie and Minister of Citizens’ Services and Open Government Ben Stewart signed two crucial contracts at a ceremony at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre.
The contracts secure the future of the OCC project by laying out the details of the land lease and utilities service for a 60-year period, plus an option for an additional 20. The partnership to build the new correctional centre on OIB land is the first such partnership between BC Corrections and a First Nations in British Columbia.
Bond also announced the three teams selected to submit a proposal to design, build, partially finance and maintain the OCC project. BC Community Partners, Brookfield-EllisDon-Fengate Justice Partners, and Plenary Justice were selected through a thorough evaluation of submissions received through a Request for Qualifications and have now qualified to participate in the Request for Proposals (RFP) process.
When completed, the new OCC will more than double corrections capacity in B.C.’s Interior and will enhance public safety for communities, correctional staff and inmates throughout the province. The OCC will also generate significant economic benefits for the region, including the creation of up to 500 direct and 500 indirect construction jobs, as well as approximately 240 new, full-time correctional positions when the centre opens.
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