The RCMP has decided not to close its forensics lab in Edmonton, a move critics had said would slow how quickly evidence is processed.

The RCMP had touted the closure as a move that would save $1.2 million a year, but has informed the lab's 50 employees that it will remain open.

Federal legislation on the table could increase the number of cases where DNA samples can be taken, which would increase the amount of work for the RCMP labs, the department said.

Earlier this week, Solicitor General Harvey Cenaiko said he believed the lab would remain open, after a meeting with Edmonton-area MP and deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan.