The Halton Police Board would like to express our disappointment in the Province’s decision to cancel the construction of the Halton Region Consolidated Courthouse, as announced by Attorney General Doug Downey on May 8, 2020.
Construction of the seven-storey, 45,000-square-metre courthouse on provincial lands near the intersection of William Halton Parkway and Third Line, just north of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital was to begin this fall.
The Attorney General indicated that the province is moving towards shifting away from traditional investments, such as bricks and mortar construction, and moving more services online. He said that this would assist in bringing the Ontario Justice system towards building a modern justice system. However, the Halton Police Board strongly believes that there is an urgent need for this project to move forward as conditions at the Milton courthouse have been far less than adequate and beyond repair and renovation.
There is currently a long list of problematic issues with the current buildings, from an inadequate number of available courtrooms, millions of dollars recently spent on mold remediation at the Milton courthouse, an asbestos problem discovered in 2018, security issues with prisoners being transported through public areas and inadequate prisoner holding facilities.
We support the request made to you by the Halton County Law Association, Halton Regional Police Service, and Halton Regional Council to engage and discuss alternatives to the full cancellation of this important project. We urge you to reconsider your decision and request instead only a postponement of this much-needed facility.
About the Halton Police Board
The Halton Police Board is a seven-member civilian Board that provides strategic oversight to the Halton Regional Police Service. Under the Police Services Act, the Board has legislated responsibility for the Police Service’s operating and capital budgets; strategic planning; policies and priorities. The Police Board’s fundamental responsibility is to ensure that adequate and effective police services are provided to the citizens of Halton Region.