Le projet du nouveau complexe hospitalier du CHU de Québec-Université Laval franchit une nouvelle étape
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23 May 2018

The new CHU de Québec-Université Laval hospital complex project has reached its next stage

Le projet du nouveau complexe hospitalier du CHU de Québec-Université Laval franchit une nouvelle étape

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QUÉBEC CITY, May 23, 2018 – Phase 2 of the new Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) de Québec-Université Laval hospital complex project has been approved and is proceeding to the construction phase. Work will begin in the next few months. This phase will first involve the construction of a critical care ward that consolidates emergency rooms, operating theatres, intensive and intermediate care units, and the associated technical platforms in functional spaces. It will also include the oncology basic research facility, lodging facilities and the redevelopment of the Hôpital de Enfant-Jésus. The entire project (Phases 1 and 2) represents a total cost of approximately $1.97 billion, which includes $1.39 billion for Phase 2 and $575 million for Phase 1. This amount is less than the one announced in April 2017.

In addition, a mandate was awarded to the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de la Capitale-Nationale, in collaboration with other institutions and partners in the region, to determine a new offering of health services at the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec. They will identify the future purpose of each building. $10 million will be dedicated to the preparation of a feasibility study. A report is expected by the end of 2018. The total preliminary cost of this project is estimated to be approximately $500 million and will be specified during the process that is beginning now. The new role of the institution will be known when the services are transferred to the new hospital complex.


Today, we kick off the second part of the huge project that began a few months ago and which will eventually give our national capital a large hospital complex rivalling the most modern facilities in the world, while also preserving the legacy of the Augustines, who founded the first hospital north of Mexico in 1639. If today we are able to carry out projects with a concrete impact on the quality of life of Quebecers, it is because of our determination to maintain balanced budgets, effectively control our debt and stimulate the economy. We have regained the means to invest in our priorities: health, education and better support for our businesses. This is the new Quebec!

– Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec

Today’s announcement marks an important step in the realization of the hospital project. With Phase 1 work well under way, everything is now ready for the start of the second phase, which includes most of the construction work. We are committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure that it all moves forward in a well-structured way through the implementation of the transition plan. This plan will allow us to ensure the best possible service continuity for the population of the region and of all eastern Quebec. What is more, the inclusion of the project involving the reuse of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec buildings in the Québec Infrastructure Plan confirms our repeatedly expressed desire to have this historic hospital continue to provide health services to its population.

– Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services

A major step in the new hospital complex project has just been completed and the population of the Capitale-Nationale region can be very proud of it. Everything is being put in place to allow us to benefit from this vast infrastructure project in the announced timeframes. I also welcome the careful consideration of the future role of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, as well as the fact that it will be the subject of a sustained partnership between the various institutions in the region to the benefit of the whole community.

– Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region

I am very happy and proud to see this major infrastructure project in the riding of Jean-Lesage materialize. The new hospital complex will contribute to further energizing this rapidly developing sector in the heart of the Québec City area, near highways and public transport and in a strategic location for serving the region and neighbouring areas.

– André Drolet, MNA for Jean-Lesage

Key points: the new CHU de Québec-Université Laval hospital complex

  • The total $1.78 billion cost of the project will mostly be borne by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. The rest will be assumed by the CHU de Québec-Université Laval, which will contribute $109.25 million, and the establishment’s foundation, which will contribute $78.06 million.
  • The total area of the new buildings is 180,693 square metres. In addition, 27,492 square metres of existing facilities will be redeveloped.
  • According to the planned timeframes, the construction work should be phased in progressively until 2025: the integrated cancer centre, radiation oncology, lodging facilities, cyclotron and clinical logistics platform in 2020, critical care in 2023 and the redevelopment of the Hôpital de l’Enfant-Jésus in 2025.
  • A transition plan has been implemented to optimize the coordination of activities in the context of their transfer to the new hospital complex.
  • In addition, the Société québécoise des infrastructures is acting as project manager in the planning and execution of these major projects.

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