Leaders Break Ground for New Women's Correctional Facility

Yellowknife (March 23, 2017) – Minister of Justice Louis Sebert,  Fort Smith area leaders and members of the public came together today for an official groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Correctional Complex Women’s Unit in Fort Smith.

This new modern correctional facility will emphasize open cultural and educational areas to help support inmate rehabilitation and healing. The structure will take into consideration both the current and future needs of adult female inmates in the NWT.

The new building will be energy efficient and meet or exceed all safety requirements for inmates, staff and the community.  As this represents the start of the new construction season, residents of Fort Smith will see increased activity on the site from now until the new structure is ready mid-2019.

Through strategic spending on infrastructure, the Government of the Northwest Territories will continue to support program and service delivery throughout the NWT.


“Women inmates have a long history of support in the Fort Smith community. This new facility will allow us to help women heal and be ready to reintegrate into our communities assisted by our experienced staff and elders working in a modern corrections facility. We want to keep women near their family supports wherever possible with appropriate cultural and spiritual support, education and training.”

-Louis Sebert, Minister of Justice

Quick facts

  • The current women’s correctional facility was built in the 1960s and retrofitted in 1990 to be used as a corrections structure.
  • Co-location with the men’s facility allows economies of scale through the sharing of resources, such as the heating plant, administration areas, food services and health professionals.
  • The new facility will be able to accommodate 23 inmates and has the potential for future expansion.
  • The design build contract for this facility is $23.6 million and was awarded to CAB Construction of Fort Smith.
  • Project management for this capital project is being provided by Public Works and Services.

For more information:

Andrew Livingstone
Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor
Department of Executive
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: 867-767-9140 ext. 11091
Email: andrew_livingstone@gov.nt.ca