Toronto company to build new Nova Scotia jail
Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry, accompanied by senior corrections officers, holds a drawing of a new 100-cell jail after a news conference in Thorburn, N.S. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. (The Canadian Press/Andrew Vaughan)
Published Tuesday, July 3, 2012 1:08PM EDT
PRIESTVILLE, N.S. - A Toronto-based construction company has been awarded the contract to build a new provincial jail in Nova Scotia.
The government says Bird Construction will begin construction on the jail in Priestville in a few weeks.
The company submitted the lowest bid among seven general contractors that pre-qualified in the tender competition.
The new 200-bed jail is scheduled to open in mid-2014 and replace aging buildings in Antigonish and Cumberland counties.
It is costing the province $38.5 million to build the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, which will employ 100 people.