The Prison/Correctional Institute Facility Committee commissioned by the Village of Valemount delivered its final report to council on Sept. 14th, at the regular council meeting.
The committee confirms that there is no interest from federal or provincial correctional agencies to expand facilities to the Robson Valley. In addition to this, both Corrections Canada and B.C. Corrections say that their capital plans are already finalized through to 2020. They both add that any construction of new facilities will occur nearer to major centers in order to utilize already existing services.
Over the summer, the prison committee has contacted various government agencies including the Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews. While multiple government agencies say that nothing is for sure, a recommendation by village council to shelve the prison lobby for future reference and dissolve the Prison/Correctional Institute Facility Committee, carried. There will be no more active lobbying for a correctional facility in the Robson Valley for the foreseeable future.