OTTAWA - The University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Infrastructure Ontario announced today that PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (PCL) has signed a fixed-price contract to build and finance the Cardiac Life Support Services Redevelopment Project. Today's announcement signifies that all contractual steps have been completed and PCL will begin to mobilize on site immediately.

The project will expand the facility to accommodate the changing needs of the surrounding community, as well as improved technological advancements to ensure continued access to high-quality, specialized cardiac services for residents in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network region.

New construction at the facility will:

  • add four floors of state-of-the-art clinical and in-patient services
  • expand support services such as biomedical engineering and information management services
  • add approximately 146,000 square feet of space, some 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 and expand the cardiac imaging suite

The contract commits PCL to build and finance the University of Ottawa Heart Institute expansion and redevelopment project for $135 million, which will be paid by the hospital when construction is completed. The contract guarantees a fixed price and a fixed delivery date for the expansion and redevelopment of the hospital.

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute project underwent an open, fair and competitive procurement process and PCL submitted the proposal which delivers the best value for Ontario taxpayers.

At the peak of construction there will be approximately 150 workers on site. PCL estimates that approximately 90 to 95 per cent of the labour for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Project will come from the Ottawa area.

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Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“This announcement is an example of our government's commitment to providing Ontarians with state-of-the-art health care close to home. The University of Ottawa's Heart Institute expansion and redevelopment will provide the residents of this community with quality care for many years to come.”

Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre
“Today's announcement means that we are one step closer to delivering expanded cardiac care to the residents of our community. The University of Ottawa Heart Institute expansion will ensure the right services are available and delivered closer to home in a state-of-the-art facility.”

Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
“Our priority is to always maximize the value of taxpayers' money - and Infrastructure Ontario has a strong track record of doing just that. This significant investment in the University of Ottawa Heart Institute's expansion and renovation will stimulate significant economic development in the community, and provide high-quality health care services to Ontarians.”

Dr. Thierry Mesana, President and CEO, University of Ottawa Heart Institute
“A very important milestone has been announced today as we are one step closer to getting shovels in the ground and bringing the Ottawa Heart Institute's expansion to life. This important project will not only become the physical platform of our ongoing research vitality and outstanding patient care, but it will provide our teams with a unique state-of-the-art work environment.”


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

IO is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that works to deliver public benefits through partnerships with the private sector. IO delivers large, complex public infrastructure projects using a made-in-Ontario modern procurement and project management practice called Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP). IO also partners with the private sector to manage one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public-sector clients with loans to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to advise the provincial public-sector clients on commercial transactions.


Adam Cotter
Infrastructure Ontario

Vincent Lamontagne
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

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