South Niagara hospital project update to be provided via online session

Niagara Health, in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario, will host an online session next month to update residents and businesses about the status of the new south Niagara hospital in Niagara Falls.

The Zoom webinar is scheduled for Oct. 1 between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Cliff Harvey, chief planning officer for Niagara Health, said participants will learn more about a request for qualifications expected to go out next spring, followed by a request for proposals next September. Another topic will be public-private partnership models and benefits.

Construction of the hospital, at Montrose and Biggar roads, could begin in late 2022, with possible completion in 2026.

Harvey said the hospital will be about 108,000 square metres, which would be larger than St. Catharines hospital and about the same size as recently built hospitals.

He wouldn’t release the project cost, adding it will be part of the RFP process and citing confidentiality.

“Infrastructure Ontario will release their market update (and provide) a range — they usually use numbers over $1 billion, under $1 billion, over $500 million.”

Harvey said the Niagara Falls hospital will feature several centres of excellence, including a regional stroke program, complex care, focusing on seniors health with wellness and aging, as well as specialization in geriatrics and psychogeriatrics.