OTTAWA - Infrastructure Ontario and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute have shortlisted five companies to build and finance the Heart Institute Cardiac Life Support Services Redevelopment project.

Based on a request for qualifications process that began in September 2013, the following companies were shortlisted:

  • Bondfield Construction Company Limited
  • EllisDon Capital Inc.
  • M. Sullivan & Son Limited
  • PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
  • Pomerleau Inc.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is an academic health science centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. The project will expand the facility to accommodate the changing needs of the area resulting from shifting demographics and technological advancements, and will improve access to high quality specialized cardiac services for residents in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network region.

New construction at the facility will:

  • add five floors of clinical and in-patient services
  • expand support services such as biomedical engineering and data services
  • add approximately 146,000 square feet of space, close to 90,000 of which will house life support services such as cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery and the cardiac surgery intensive care unit

Redevelopment work at the existing facility will:

  • include renovation of approximately 60,000 square feet of space
  • provide support services for the heart catheterization/electrophysiology suite, surgical suite and the cardiac intensive care unit
  • relocate the cardiac imaging suite

The companies will be invited to respond to a request for proposals, expected to be issued in winter 2014.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with University of Ottawa Heart Institute to expand and renovate the facility, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable.

Infrastructure Ontario is a crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large, complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on budget. Over the last six years, the province has applied Infrastructure Ontario's alternative financing and procurement model to 83 major projects valued at approximately $38 billion, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with financing to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to manage major commercial transactions on behalf of the province.

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Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“The Ottawa Heart Institute redevelopment project continues to be a priority for our government. It will ensure patients have access to high quality cardiac care, close to home. Once complete, the larger, more modern facility will be better positioned to meet the present and future needs of the community. That is great news.”

Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre
“I am very pleased to see the Cardiac Life Support Services Redevelopment Project moving forward. The University of Ottawa Heart Institute has recently been ranked as one of the top research centres in the world. I am very proud of the work done at the Ottawa Heart Institute, both in research and in patient care, and I know how important this institution is to residents of our community and across eastern Ontario.”

Dr. Robert Roberts, President and CEO, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
"The Ottawa Heart Institute's new facility will be the physical platform on which we will continue to make the new discoveries and develop the techniques that will transform cardiovascular medicine."


Terence Foran
Infrastructure Ontario

Vincent Lamontagne
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

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