SURREY (NEWS1130) – BC may have signed a new 20-year contract with the RCMP, but the province is still trying to hammer out costs for BC’s massive new RCMP headquarters.

The site at Green Timbers in Surrey could cost well over $1-billion.

Justice Minister Shirley Bond says the province is negotiating with Ottawa who pays what for the new state-of-the-art headquarters.
“We’re just at the beginning process of looking at how we’re going to look at some cost containment there,” explains Bond. “As you can imagine, there are some significant concerns about what the end costs of that project might be. So we’re in the early stages of sorting out what’s going to happen with Green Timbers and what the costs are going to be.”

Bond wants the province to be part of the funding discussion to help manage the costs.

“We’re going to make sure that British Columbians pay only the share that they need to pay. Certainly I want to be sure that Green Timbers is a reasonable expenditure for the province and there have been concerns about costs and how there’s been escalating costs.”

The new E-Division Headquarters is set to be finished by the end of this year.

As for the current, cramped site on Heather Street in Vancouver, Bond says she doesn’t have specifics yet, but there is plenty of interest in the property.