Rachel Notley, Premier has said that “With Budget 2017, our government is investing in critical infrastructure that will make a real difference in Albertans’ lives. The new Red Deer Justice Centre will resolve a long-standing space shortage in the community and ensure vital justice services are delivered effectively to residents of central Alberta.” and
Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General has said that “Making life better for Albertans means improving access to justice. This new facility is something the community has been requesting for several years and we are proud to fund it. This project is part of our government’s investment in the justice system and will help address pressures that have been building for many years.”
The new Red Deer Justice Centre will address a prolonged space shortage in the current courthouse to help meet the region’s justice needs. Since the existing courthouse was built in the 1980s, the city’s population has almost doubled and the surrounding area’s population has also increased substantially.
The facility will increase the number of courtrooms in central Alberta from seven to 12 and create a Resolution Services wing. This section will provide dispute resolution, civil and family mediation, arbitration and other alternatives to court.Although the project is still in the planning phase, at least $97 million has been allocated for the new centre over the next four years. This initiative, as with other capital projects across the province, will create jobs and stimulate Alberta’s economy.