THUNDER BAY, ON, Feb. 24 /CNW/ - The Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney
General, Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan, and the Honourable
Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay - Superior North, today
celebrated the official groundbreaking for the new Thunder Bay
The courthouse will improve justice services in Thunder Bay by
consolidating the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of
Justice, which currently operate in separate locations. The new
multi-storey building, which will be located between Brodie and
Archibald streets, south of Miles Street, in Thunder Bay's downtown
south core, will have space to accommodate 15 courtrooms and four
Included among the conference/settlement suites will be Ontario's first
Aboriginal Conference Settlement Suite, designed to give a stronger
voice in the justice process to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
The suite will be a culturally and architecturally relevant space where
aboriginal traditions are acknowledged and understood and where court
matters such as case conferences, pre-trials, and family and civil
hearings can be dealt with in a way that supports the healing process.
As a part of the government's commitment to creating and promoting
energy conservation in Ontario, the new facility will be built to
Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver standard,
which focuses on energy efficiency, healthy indoor environments and
reduced greenhouse emissions. The building will also feature
barrier-free design including barrier-free public access to courtrooms,
infrared hearing assistance and barrier-free witness stands and jury
The courthouse construction project will provide a boost to the regional
economy by creating and supporting hundreds of jobs. At the peak of
construction, it is estimated that 225 workers will be on site daily.
Construction of the new courthouse is expected to be completed in
Infrastructure Ontario is working with the Ministry of the Attorney
General to develop the new courthouse. Infrastructure Ontario is a
Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province's larger
and more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are
built on time and on budget - and to providing the public sector and
not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew their
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.
Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney General
"This new state-of-the-art courthouse offers an accessible and
culturally relevant space that will meet community needs for years to
come. By having all court services housed under one roof we are
improving access to justice."
Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan
"The Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse will have an impact on the
revitalization of downtown Thunder Bay. This project has great
significance for not only the justice community, but local businesses,
community agencies and residents. Now that construction is underway,
the courthouse project will create new jobs and spur economic
development that will benefit everyone in the region."
Honourable Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay - Superior North
"Not only will the Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse improve access to
justice services in the region, but it will also be a green building,
meeting rigorous requirements for energy management and conservation."
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
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