A consultants’ report is backing up what municipal leaders have been saying all along about the economic impact of the loss of the Cumberland County Correctional Centre.

In an economic impact assessment completed for the county’s five municipal units, Canmac Economics Limited said the provincial Justice Department’s decision to build a new 100-bed jail outside Cumberland County will have a $1.8-million impact in direct costs and a $2.44-million hit in direct and indirect costs. When that’s added to the loss of the replacement facility, the economic hit is much higher.

Justice Minister Ross Landry announced last December plans to build one $31.3-million jail to serve clients from the New Brunswick border to Richmond County, Cape Breton.

Department spokesperson Jennifer Gavin said an announcement on the jail’s location should be made soon.