ETOBICOKE - Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership is the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the new Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower Project.

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and William Osler Health System (Osler) selected Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership after extensive evaluations following an open, fair and competitive request-for-proposals process that began in May 2015. The Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership team includes:

  • Developer: Axium Infrastructure Canada and DIF Infra 4 Canada Ltd.
  • Constructor: Walsh Canada
  • Architect: HDR Architecture Associates Inc.
  • Financial Advisor: Brookfield Securities LP
  • Facility Manager: Cofely Services Inc.

The Phase 1 Patient Tower Project, involving the construction of a new four-storey wing, will add approximately 250,000 square feet of space to the existing facility and house the services most urgently needed by the Etobicoke community. Project features include:

  • a larger, state-of-the-art emergency department to better meet the community's need for high-quality emergency care
  • an ICU/CCU nearly four times larger than the current space
  • larger patient rooms filled with natural light that provide privacy and space to accommodate family members
  • a maternal newborn unit with birthing suites and a specialized Level II nursery for patients with non-life-threatening complications
  • an ambulatory procedures unit featuring procedure/operating rooms, pre- and post-op preparation and recovery areas and dedicated clinic spaces, including a respiratory clinic

The Phase 1 Patient Tower Project will focus on sustainable design and construction with the goal of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification. LEED® buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.

IO and Osler will now work to finalize contract details with Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership. The project is expected to reach commercial close and financial close in May 2016, which will mean that relevant contracts have been signed and a financing rate has been set. The contract cost will be announced publicly following financial close and construction is scheduled to begin shortly thereafter.

Quick Facts

  • IO and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Osler to build the new patient tower project, which will remain publicly owned, controlled and accountable.
  • This project is being delivered using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement model, an innovative way of financing and procuring large, complex public infrastructure projects.
  • 83 AFP projects have been brought to market as of January 20, 2016, with an approximate total capital value of $38 billion.
  • The Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Tower project is one of 24 health-care projects currently being managed by IO.
  • 35 hospital projects have been completed using the AFP model as of December 31, 2015.
  • IO's 2015 Track Record Report showed that 98 per cent of projects have been completed on budget.


Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“This is an exciting step forward in the expansion of Etobicoke General Hospital. This state-of-the-art patient tower will soon offer high-quality healthcare to the community in Etobicoke, and is an example of our government's commitment to investing in modern healthcare infrastructure that will serve generations to come.”

Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
“Today's announcement illustrates our government's commitment to investing in modern health care. By investing in our health-care infrastructure, we are stimulating the local economy, creating jobs and building a stronger and healthier Ontario.”

Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, Member of Provincial Parliament, Etobicoke North
“As the MPP for Etobicoke North, I am happy to see the next phase of the planned expansion for the William Osler Hospital - Etobicoke General Site. This 250,000 square feet expansion will add much needed enlargement of services right here in my riding. I want to congratulate all those who worked tirelessly on making this expansion so much closer to reality.”

John Davies, Chair, William Osler Health System Board of Directors
“This is a monumental step forward in our journey toward the revitalization of Osler's Etobicoke General Hospital. With today's announcement, we are moving even closer to the completion of a new, state-of-the-art wing that will help expand access to programs and services - like emergency and women's and children's care - that are needed most by this growing community.”

Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, William Osler Health System
“With ground-breaking on the site just a few short months away, this is an exciting time for health care in North Etobicoke. Together with our local health partners and with the significant support of the Ontario government, we are transforming this hospital for patient and families, staff, physicians and volunteers, and positioning Osler on the leading edge of health care delivery in this region and beyond.”

Ken Mayhew, President and CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation
“Etobicoke General's ability to provide care has always involved the passion of caring donors and tremendous volunteers. The new four-storey wing will transform care at Etobicoke General but first we must raise funds from the community. Everyone can make a huge difference by making a donation."

Bert Clark, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario
“This announcement signifies that we are now ready to negotiate with a preferred proponent for the Etobicoke General Hospital Phase 1 Patient Care Tower project. We look forward to continuing to work with William Osler Health System to finalize the details of the contract with Etobicoke Healthcare Partnership and begin construction on the project this summer.”

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Infrastructure Ontario
William Osler Health System


Nancy Kuyumcu
Infrastructure Ontario

Cara Francis
William Osler Health System
905-494-2120 ext. 59467

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