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Halifax cancer centre to be funded with P3 model

The Canadian Press
Halifax cancer centre to be funded with P3 model

HALIFAX — The redevelopment of Nova Scotia’s largest hospital complex will cost about $2 billion — the bulk of which will be funded through a public-private partnership (P3), says Premier Stephen McNeil.

McNeil made the revelations for the first time since the massive project at Halifax’s QEII Health Sciences Centre was announced two years ago.

“We have committed now $350 million to announcements that we’ve already made,” McNeil told reporters Oct. 4.

“As we move into the next phase of this project the entire envelope that will cover that, and the new build will be roughly $2 billion.”

McNeil said the exact cost wouldn’t be available until the design is finalized and the construction bids are in. He said an analysis of typical capital builds in the province determined that a P3 model would provide more cost certainty.

“We’ve seen huge overruns,” he said. “We believe this is the best value for the taxpayers of Nova Scotia.”

A request for qualifications will go out this fall to find a partner to design, finance and maintain the project over a 30-year period, a process expected to cost $151 million.

A news conference held with hospital officials also revealed the next phase of the project.

It would see cancer-care services shifted from the Dickson Building at the Victoria General Hospital to the Halifax Infirmary, a move aimed at eliminating patient transfers between the two sites which are just over a kilometre apart.

A new community outpatient centre will be built in Bayers Lake, although most services offered there will also remain at the Infirmary, which will continue as a community hospital for Halifax residents.

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