ST. THOMAS, ON, June 30, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable Chris Bentley,
Attorney General, and the Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the
Legislative Assembly of Ontario and MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London,
today celebrated the official groundbreaking for the new St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse.
The new courthouse will be constructed on Wellington Street on the site
of the historic Elgin County Courthouse, which will be incorporated
into the new facility. The new building will consolidate St. Thomas's
two courts: the Superior Court of Justice, temporarily located on
Silver Street, and the Ontario Court of Justice, located on Curtis
The new courthouse will improve access to justice for the County of
Elgin by increasing the number of available courtrooms and will provide
better access and security while improving health and safety standards.
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 feature barrier-free
public access to courtrooms, infrared hearing assistance and
barrier-free witness stands and jury boxes.
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 120 workers will be on site daily.
Construction of the new courthouse is expected to be completed in 2014.
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, on time and on
budget; managing one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada
and providing real estate services, such as asset management, and
property and land management; and providing the public sector and
not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew public
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.
Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney General
"The conversion of the historic Elgin County Courthouse into a
contemporary state-of-the-art facility bridges the past and the future.
By consolidating all court services under one roof, access to justice
will be improved and the needs of the St. Thomas community will be met
for years to come."
Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"The St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse project is a prime example of
our government's commitment to investing in infrastructure across
Ontario. Now that construction is underway, the courthouse project will
create new jobs and spur economic development that will benefit
everyone in the St. Thomas area."
SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
For further information:
| Tom Boreskie |
| Brendan Crawley |
Ministry of the Attorney General
Disponible en français