Correctional Service of Canada

Correctional Service of Canada

October 06, 2010 14:38 ET

Blaney: Cost of Safe and Secure Society is Worth Paying

Prison expansion supports commitment to building stronger communities and safer streets

LAVAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2010) - Today, Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, announced the Government of Canada is investing in the expansion of Federal Training Centre, Montée St-François, and Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines institutions in order to increase the existing capacity and better provide for the protection, safety and security of Quebec families.

"Our Government is proud to be on the right side of this issue — the side of law-abiding citizens, the side of victims who want justice, and the side that understands the cost of a safe and secure society is an investment worth making," said MP Blaney on behalf of Minister Toews. "The expansion of Federal Training Centre, Montée St-François, and Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines institutions not only reaffirms our government's commitment to Laval, but helps ensure that criminals serve sentences that better reflect the severity of their crimes."

This $60 million expansion will involve the construction of a total of 196 new beds within the Federal Training Centre, Montée St-François, and Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines. It is anticipated that these new living units will be completed in 2013-14.

"In the previous system, a violent criminal sentenced to nine years in prison could potentially be on our streets in as little as three years if he or she spent two years awaiting trial. This possibility is not acceptable to Canadians," said MP Blaney. "We are acting to ensure that the criminals pay their debt – their full debt – to society."

It is anticipated that over the coming years, CSC will be adding over 2,700 beds to men's and women's facilities across Canada.

Contact Information

  • Correctional Service of Canada
    Jean-Yves Roy
    Communications Manager, Media Relations
    Office of the Minister of Public Safety
    Christopher McCluskey