The South Niagara hospital project is taking another step forward as Infrastructure Ontario and Niagara Health start the process to find a design-build-finance-maintain team for the project.
Issuing a request for qualifications, (RFQ) is the first step in the competitive process for prospective teams to express their interest in bidding to help deliver the project. Submissions will be reviewed to shortlist three teams with the design and construction experience, as well as the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and complexity. Shortlisted teams will then be invited to respond to request for proposals, expected to be released in fall 2021.
The new state-of-the-art facility involves the creation of Centres of Excellence in stroke, complex care, geriatric psychiatry and ageing and wellness. The project will have a senior’s focus embedded into all aspects of the design. The project is working towards becoming the first WELL® certified healthcare facility in Canada, improving the work-life experience for our staff and physicians and enhancing the well-being of all who use the building.
"Our government is committed to building a connected, patient-centered public health care system and ending hallway health care. Investing in major hospital infrastructure projects like the redevelopment of South Niagara Hospital is a key part of our plan. Today’s milestone brings us one step closer towards helping to ensure that the people of Niagara have access to the modern facilities and services they need, when they need them."
Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
"This substantial investment shows the Government of Ontario's recognition of the importance of investing in health care in Niagara. With this new build, and the WLMH rebuild in West Niagara, the Niagara Region will have a significant number of brand-new health care facilities, which will ensure patients and their families receive the best possible care, through the talented and passionate health care workers of Niagara Health. It is exciting to see the next generation of health care technologies being implemented in this new hospital, and I am confident Niagara's residents will be well served at this site for many years to come."
Sam Oosterhoff, MPP, Niagara West
“Now, more than ever, we see the great need in our community for this hospital. This community has worked so hard to make this a reality and any movement forward means we’re closer to bringing a world-class healthcare facility to our Region. This news means that in the near future we will see shovels in the ground and people put to work building this hospital. I want to thank all of our partners who have worked so hard to make this project a reality.”
Wayne Gates, MPP, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie
“This is an exciting milestone for the South Niagara hospital project and a critical point in our planning progress. The RFQ brings us one-step closer to provide even more of the specialized, accessible and advanced healthcare that Niagara residents deserve.”
Bunny Alexander, Board Chair, Niagara Health
“Thank you to the Ministry of Health and Infrastructure Ontario for their continued support in the development of the South Niagara Site, and their commitment to world-class healthcare for our region. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of effective infection, prevention and control measures. We look forward to working with the successful bidding team to ensure we are building a facility that is ready for what the future may bring.”
Lynn Guerriero, President and Interim CEO, Niagara Health
“The RFQ release demonstrates the hard work and dedication of our staff, physicians, volunteers and community to see this project move forward. Because of the tireless efforts of our team and the broader community, we have maintained our schedule throughout this very difficult time – demonstrating our commitment to improve the healthcare of our region.”
Angela Zangari, EVP Finance and Operations, Executive Lead South Niagara Project, Niagara Health
The South Niagara hospital project continues to move through the Ministry of Health’s five-stage planning process for building a new health infrastructure in Ontario.
The project will be delivered as a P3 (Public-Private Partnership) model. Find out more about P3s here.
For more information on the South Niagara Project click here.
For more information on Infrastructure Ontario click here.