Those wondering about job opportunities at the Okanagan Correctional Centre will likely have their chance to ask BC Corrections staff this fall.
Assistant Deputy Minister of BC Corrections, Brent Merchant, said he is planning to hold a series of public engagement sessions in Oliver and Osoyoos after meeting with their respective town councils on August 14-15.
He said the purpose of these sessions is to update the public on the status of the project, discuss employment opportunities and respond to any questions residents may have about the project and BC Corrections.
Merchant also plans to meet with other key partners during his visit including Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) Chief Clarence Louie and the OIB council, however, the meetings will take place in-camera due to the sensitivity of the financial information being discussed.
In the meantime, three proponents have been shortlisted and invited to submit Request for Proposals (RFP) to design, build, partially finance and maintain the new correctional centre.
These proponents include BC Community Partners, Brookfield-EllisDon-Fengate Justice Partners, and Plenary Justice. Merchant said one of these proponents will be selected in early 2014.
The $200 million project is expected to create up to 500 direct and 500 indirect jobs. Once finished the remand centre will provide 240 new, full-time positions. The facility is slated for completion by 2015.