New Sept-Îles detention centre officially opens

Ministers Pierre Arcand and Martin Coiteux officially celebrated the opening of the new Sept-Îles detention centre with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Located in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec, the original detention centre it replaces was built in 1989.

Designed to accommodate 55 detainees, the new prison infrastructure gives the region more autonomy and facilitates the establishment of reintegration programs. Thirty-eight new correctional officer positions were created, leading to 90 detention centre employees in total.

"These are modern facilities, of higher quality and safer for everyone who works there," Coiteux said.

Pomerleau began construction of the new facility in 2013. These facilities, which aim to achieve LEED® core certification, will improve the worker environment and meet higher safety requirements.

The partly-prefabricated steel cells were delivered to the site by truck, and specialized teams ensured their assembly and high-quality welding.