Abbotsford: The Province and City of Abbotsford are moving forward with the development of a new Abbotsford courthouse that will create new jobs, increase access to justice and build a brighter future for British Columbia.
The new courthouse will be constructed within the City Centre Civic Precinct on land leased to the Province by the City of Abbotsford.
The 14-room courthouse will include three Supreme Court courtrooms, eight provincial court courtrooms and three judicial conference rooms. The facility plans also incorporate justice programs like Crown counsel, community corrections, and a Justice Access Centre, as well as a parkade to supplement parking requirements for the City of Abbotsford.
The estimated $150-million project will proceed through requests for qualifications and proposals in 2017 with design and construction expected to commence in mid-2018. It is estimated that the project will also create over 1,000 jobs during the course of construction and will be open and operating in 2021.
Located in one of B.C.’s fastest-growing regions, Abbotsford’s new courthouse is part of the Lower Fraser Valley Court Strategy, which is based on demographic and courtroom demand analysis over the next 20 years.
The B.C. government is making record investments in modern, safe infrastructure projects throughout the province – and in doing so, these construction projects are creating well-paying, family-supporting jobs.
Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice said: “Our government is committed to increasing court capacity to enhance access to justice in British Columbia. With this new courthouse facility in Abbotsford, we are taking action for the fast-growing Lower Fraser Valley region. The commitment to build a new Abbotsford courthouse ensures cases will be heard expeditiously and is a giant step forward for justice in this region.”
Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services said: “The new courthouse will not only double the size and capacity of courthouse services in Abbotsford, it will also provide easier access to justice services for citizens.”
Michael de Jong, MLA for Abbostford West said: “As a rapidly growing centre for business, leisure and culture, Abbotsford is a centre of activities in the Fraser Valley. The demands of this flourishing community will be met by construction of the new courthouse and will ensure residents and businesses have a strong base for expansion for the next 20 years.”
Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford said: “The City of Abbotsford is proud to partner with the Province of B.C. for this much needed and significant investment in our community. The new Abbotsford courthouse will help to shape the evolving face of our City Centre and provide services to residents across our region, further establishing Abbotsford as the Hub of the Fraser Valley.”