For Immediate Release:

July 14, 2011


LONDON, ON – Infrastructure Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (St. Joseph’s) today announced the hospitals have signed a fixed-price contract with EllisDon Corporation, to build and finance the final phase of renovations at the two hospitals. Today’s announcement also signifies that all contractual steps have been completed and construction can begin.

During construction, this project will create jobs and will provide an economic boost to London and the surrounding communities. Once complete, the redeveloped facilities will further enhance the level of care that both LHSC and St. Joseph’s provide to the patients they serve.

Redevelopment of both LHSC and St. Joseph’s will provide the community with modernized health care facilities that meet the latest infection prevention and control standards, and barrier-free features to improve accessibility to people with disabilities.

At LHSC, additional operating rooms are being constructed; the Department of Medicine and Allied Health Services are being consolidated and a Family Medicine/Palliative Care Inpatient Unit is being developed.

At St. Joseph’s, a new addition and renovations to the existing facility will consolidate outpatient clinics, which will support the transition to becoming a leading teaching hospital in acute and ambulatory care.

The contract commits EllisDon Corporation to build and finance the final phase of the LHSC and St. Joseph’s redevelopment project for $162.5 million. The contract guarantees a fixed price and a fixed delivery date for the final phase of the redevelopment project at the two hospitals. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2011.

The selection of EllisDon Corporation is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process that began in November 2010. The EllisDon Corporation team includes The Bank of Nova Scotia, The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank of Canada which are providing financing of the project.

Infrastructure Ontario will post a copy of the Value for Money (VFM) report and the project agreement online at in the coming months.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with LHSC and St. Joseph’s to redevelop the facilities, which will remain publicly owned and publicly controlled.

Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province’s larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects, on time and on budget; managing one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada and providing real estate services, such as asset management and property and land management; and providing the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew public infrastructure.

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Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
“Today’s announcement illustrates the government’s commitment to building modern health-care facilities that provide Ontarians with the services they need and deserve.”

Hon. Chris Bentley, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney General and MPP for London West

“This is a significant project that will not only improve access and quality of patient care but stimulate the local economy by generating jobs in London and the surrounding communities.”

Khalil Ramal, MPP for London – Fanshawe

“Today’s announcement is an exciting achievement. Each step in this process brings us closer to building facilities that better support our model of care for the community.”

Dave Crockett, Integrated Vice President Facilities Management, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
“This is an exciting day. With the contract signed, shovels are now ready to hit the ground on the third and final phase of redevelopment project. Our staff, patients and community will benefit from the additional clinical care capacity this project delivers.”

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Laura Dockstader


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Michele Martin


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Lyndsie York

Infrastructure Ontario


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