Edmonton Remand Centre

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Edmonton Remand Centre
Old Edmonton Remand Centre 2013.jpg
The former Edmonton Remand Centre facility
Edmonton Remand Centre is located in Alberta
Edmonton Remand Centre
Location in Alberta
LocationEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates53°38′48″N 113°32′15″W / 53.64667°N 113.53750°W / 53.64667; -113.53750Coordinates: 53°38′48″N 113°32′15″W / 53.64667°N 113.53750°W / 53.64667; -113.53750
Security classMaximum/medium
Capacity1,952 (new facility), 388 (old facility)
Population800[1] (as of 2011)
OpenedOriginal 1979; 44 years ago (1979)
New 2013; 10 years ago (2013)
Closed2013 (2014) (Old facility)
Managed byMinistry of Justice and Solicitor General
Street address18415 127 Street
Postal codeT5Y-6E7

The Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC) is a correctional facility in Goodridge Corners, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The facility is operated by the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General of Alberta. The original correctional facility originally opened in 1979, after overcrowding and additional bed space required a second facility was proposed and completed in 2012. The new facility named the New Edmonton Remand Centre (NERC) opened on April 12, 2013, and is currently Canada's largest prison.[2]


Original facility[edit]

The original 12-storey Edmonton Remand Centre was built in 1979. The facility was located in downtown Edmonton and cost $138.0 million in 1979.[3][4] The original set capacity was 388; however, the facility population grew to 800 in early 2012. The original facility closed in April 2013.[2][5]

New facility[edit]

Proposals to build a new facility originated in the early 2000s after overcrowding in the original facility. In 2007 construction began on the new 645,000-square-foot (59,900 m2) Edmonton Remand Centre with a cost of $580.0 million. The newer facility was completed in fall of 2012, with the new prison operating in spring 2013.[6] The newer facility features a 2,000-inmate capacity and new security technologies.[2][7] The new facility structure aimed at targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certifications. The New Remand Centre is the largest in Canada by area and capacity, but is not the largest by number of inmates currently serving time.[6][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Osention, Evan OSENTON (26 November 2015). "Editorial:The New Edmonton Remand". Alberta Views Magazine. Alberta Views. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c CORMIER, RYAN. "New Edmonton Remand Centre to house growing inmate population". Global News. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  3. ^ CRYDERMAN, KELLY. "Alberta corrections strike threatens to spread after sheriffs decide to join". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Edmonton Remand Centre". ONPA Architects. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  5. ^ Maimann, Kevin. "Province doesn't know what to do with old Edmonton remand centre". Edmonton Sun. Quebecor. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b "New Edmonton Remand Centre" (PDF). Solicitor General and Public Security. Government of Alberta. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Edmonton Remand Centre". The Canadian Business Journal. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Edmonton Remand Centre". Solicitor General and Public Security. Government of Alberta. Retrieved 12 November 2014.

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