Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Niagara Falls city council voted to commit $30 million to help build a new hospital in the community. Terms and payment timelines will be negotiated and presented to the budget committee for final approval.
The project will be delivered as a P3 (Public-Private Partnership) model.
In February, EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EDIH) was awarded the $3.6-billion contract to design, build, finance and maintain the hospital. The project remains on schedule with early site work underway in preparation for the soon-to-be-installed construction trailer complex and excavation planned to begin this summer. The hospital will take five years to complete with the official opening planned for summer 2028.
“The South Niagara hospital is starting to make significant strides as we enter the construction phase of this project,” said Lynn Guerriero, president and CEO, Niagara Health.
“This financial commitment is helping us reach our funding goals and we are grateful that Niagara Falls city councillors have chosen to support this state-of-the art healthcare facility.
“Their commitment is helping to bring us one step closer to making this hospital a reality,”
The Province of Ontario will fund the majority of the new hospital construction, with the local community and Niagara Health picking up the local share portion based on feasibility studies and recommendations by cost consultants working alongside Niagara Health.
“We are very grateful that Niagara Falls city councillors have given their support for our new South Niagara Site hospital. Niagara residents deserve the best healthcare possible, and this commitment from the home municipality will help us deliver that care to all Niagara residents,” said Marylee O’Neill, board chair, Niagara Health.
The South Niagara hospital project is in Stage 5 of the Ministry of Health’s five-stage planning process for building new health infrastructure in Ontario.