Newly Expanded Ottawa Youth Custody Facility Opens



    McGuinty Government Helping Youth Get Their Lives Back On Track

    TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The William E. Hay Youth Centre, a newly expanded secure custody
facility, will now help accommodate more youth in conflict with the law with
specialized services and programs.
    The Ottawa project is an expansion of an existing secure
custody/detention facility that will add 16 more beds for a total of 40 for
male youth ages 12 to 17. All male youth in conflict with the law who require
secure custody in the Ottawa area will now be served at this facility.
    Ontario is moving youth out of adult correctional facilities and into
separate youth custody facilities
(www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/youth/law/228585.html) to provide
young people with more effective programs and more opportunity for
rehabilitation as close to home as possible.
    Services provided at the centre will help youth make the transition back
into their community better-prepared to make the right choices and a positive
contribution to society.

    QUOTES

    "This expansion marks the end of an era," said Children and Youth
Services Minister Deb Matthews. "No longer will youth in conflict with the law
be sharing a facility with adult offenders. Not only will they take
responsibility for their actions but they'll have access to dedicated youth
programming that will significantly reduce their risk of reoffending."

    "This expansion is part of Ontario's plan to establish a dedicated
stand-alone detention and custody system to help meet the unique needs of
youth ages 12-17 in conflict with the law," said Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa
Centre.

    "The William E. Hay Centre's dedicated staff are focused on this goal: to
ensure no young person's entire future is defined by a poor choice they have
made or a risk they have taken. Working with the other Youth Services Bureau
programs - mental health, housing and employment - we seek to focus these
young men on the path towards a better life ahead," said Alex Munter,
Executive Director, Youth Services Bureau.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Approximately 27 new jobs have been created to operate the expanded
       centre as well as more than 100 construction-related jobs.
    -  The province is building new youth centres in Brampton
       (www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/youth/law/228586.html), Fort
       Frances(www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/youth/law/228588.html)
       and Thunder Bay
       (www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/youth/law/228590.html)
       and just opened a new youth centre in Sault Ste. Marie
       (www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/youth/law/228589.html).

    LEARN MORE

    -   Learn more about programs for youth in conflict with the law
        (http://www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/youth/law/index.html)
        in Ontario.
    -   Find out about how Ontario is helping youth
    (www.gov.on.ca/children/english/programs/youth/oppotunities/index.html)
        achieve their potential.
    -   The Youth Criminal Justice Act
        (http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/pi/yj-jj/ycja-lsjpa/ycja-lsjpa.html)is
        the legislation in Canada that deals with young people ages 12 to 17
        who break the law.
    -   Learn more about ReNew Ontario
        (http://www.pir.gov.on.ca/english/infrastructure/renew.htm), the
        province's infrastructure investment plan.

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                         WILLIAM E. HAY YOUTH CENTRE
    

    The newly expanded William E. Hay Youth Centre in Ottawa will accommodate
the specialized services and programs required to address the needs of youth
in conflict with the law.
    The Ottawa project is an expansion of an existing secure
custody/detention facility operated by the Youth Services Bureau of
Ottawa(http://www.ysb.on.ca/), a not-for-profit community agency. The
Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre Youth Unit will be closed in March 2009 and
youth in this facility will transfer to William E. Hay Youth Centre. All male
youth in conflict with the law who require secure custody in the Ottawa area
will now be served at this facility.
    The centre will keep youth as close as possible to their own communities
while providing rehabilitative services in a facility designed to meet the
needs of youth. This also maximizes the potential for family involvement,
which plays a key role in helping youth re-integrate into society and become
contributing members of their communities.

    
    Highlights:

    -  Construction cost: approximately $5.36 million.
    -  Facility size: approximately 668.53 m(2) (7,196 square feet).
    -  Designed by Barry J. Hobin and Architects.
    -  Added 16 more beds for a total of 40 beds for male youth ages 12 to
       17.
    -  Created more than 100 construction-related jobs.
    -  Approximately 27 additional jobs created to operate the centre.
    -  Capital funding to build the facility provided by the government as
       part of its $30-billion five-year ReNew Ontario infrastructure
       investment plan.

    The McGuinty government is committed to keeping Ontario communities
strong, safe and vital by reducing the number of youth in conflict with the
law who re-offend.

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For further information:

For further information: Laura Dougan, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416)
325-5156

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