The Grande Cache institution will continue to serve as a jail for the foreseeable future. An agreement has been reached between the province and the federal government to maintain services at the prison.
More than 300 people are employed at the institution. The CSC says this new agreement will mean secure employment and financial stability for the town.
“We look forward to continuing the important work we do to ensure public safety in the town of Grande Cache and are please to have reached such a significant agreement with the Province of Alberta,” says Anne Kelly, Interim Commissioner.
In the past, CSC staff and inmates on work release, have organized the Community Christmas Dinner, as well as built signs and benches in public areas including the picnic tables for Jasper National Park. The community recognized the facility in October 2015 when Grande Cache held a ceremony providing the institution the “Freedom of the Town”.
“This 25-year extension of our partnership with the Correctional Service of Canada speaks to the importance of the Grande Cache Institution to the community of Grande Cache and the province as a whole,” says Alberta Minister of Infrastructure Sandra Jansen. “We are proud to continue to support jobs and opportunity in the region.”
The prison opened as a medium security provincial correctional centre in 1985. A previous 25 year agreement had been signed on June 30, 1995.