Ontario Opens New Provincial Police Detachment in Fort Frances

Published on October 27, 2020

New facility will equip OPP with modern policing tools to better serve and protect local communities    

FORT FRANCES  The Ontario government is opening a new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment in Fort Frances. The $20 million facility will ensure the local OPP have access to the space, equipment and technology they need to continue to provide Rainy River District residents with high-quality police services.   

 “Our government is committed to providing our police with the tools, resources and supports they need to do their jobs effectively,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “This new detachment in Fort Frances will meet the demands of police operations now and in the future and ensure the security of Ontarians and their families.”  

 The new Rainy River District OPP detachment in Fort Frances provides approximately 19,100 square feet of space, the latest infrastructure design to support ever-changing technology requirements including a secure multi-storage evidence vault, seven holding cells, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and other advanced security features.  

 The detachment is part of the OPP Modernization – Phase 2 project, a $182-million initiative announced in 2018 to replace nine aging OPP facilities across the province that are at the end of their lifespan and no longer meet the requirements of today’s police operations.  

 “Our government is proud to deliver state-of-the-art policing infrastructure to support our hardworking police officers here in the Rainy River District,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “This new and modern OPP detachment will give frontline officers the tools they need to serve the people and communities across our vast region.”    

 “This carefully designed detachment provides our officers and civilian members with everything they need to maintain our shared commitment with government to keep communities safe through modern, evolving policing services,” said OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.  

 “Infrastructure modernization projects like this new OPP detachment are essential to the safety and security of our communities, while ensuring our first responders have what they need to do their jobs as effectively as possible,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure. “We will continue to work with communities like Rainy River District to invest in local priorities and build, renew and modernize the infrastructure people rely on every day.”  

  Quick Facts 

    • The new Rainy River District OPP detachment is located at 901 Colonization Road West, Fort Frances. 
    • The new facility is accessible and designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Standard, which recognizes buildings with reduced environmental impacts. 
    • This project has been delivered by Infrastructure Ontario through its public-private partnership (P3) model. 
    • All nine new detachments are being built by a team led by Bird Capital OMP Project Co Inc. 
    • Construction for this detachment began in spring of 2019, and it was completed on time and on budget.