Ontario budget includes money for new Ottawa jail: sources

Funds for a new Ottawa jail are included in Ontario's 2017 budget, sources tell CTV News.

The new corrections facility would replace the notorious Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, which opened in 1972 and has been roundly condemned for overcrowding and poor living conditions for inmates.

Last year, a specially-appointed task force made 42 recommendations to improve conditions at the OCDC, including a review of mental health training for staff and limiting segregration time for inmates.

The budget will also include provincial money for a planned footbridge connecting the Glebe with Old Ottawa East.

Last summer, the federal government committed $10.5 million for the bridge over the Rideau Canal between Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue - half the cost of the project.

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