Grande Cache Institution Lease Renewed — May 3, 2018

Grande Cache Institution Lease Renewed

May 3, 2018

OTTAWA:  Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is pleased to inform residents that an agreement in principle has been reached between the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta for a new 25 year lease for the Grande Cache Institution.

“This is something we have been working towards for quite some time and I am pleased that our advocacy has paid off. This is great news for the future of Grande Cache and removes a great amount of uncertainty for the residents employed at the institution,” stated MP Eglinski.

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) opened Grande Cache as a medium-security federal institution in 1995, through a 25-year lease agreement with the Province of Alberta. That lease was due to expire in 2020, and there was a lack of clarity as to whether the lease would be renewed or terminated.

Approximately 300 Grande Cache residents are employed at the institution, which houses around 240 offenders. Closure of the facility would have negatively impacted the town, which has faced uncertainty over the past few years due to the 2015 closure of the coal mine and the 2016 recession in Alberta.

“Earlier this year, we received the great news that Grande Cache’s coal mine will re-open and now we have confirmed that the Grande Cache Institution will remain operating for another 25 years. This is fantastic news and I look forward to watching the Town of Grande Cache grow and flourish in the years to come,” concluded MP Eglinski.

For more information, contact Correctional Service Canada at media@csc-scc.gc.ca or 613-992-7711.

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