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RFQ issued for $221M child and youth care centre in B.C.

RFQ issued for $221M child and youth care centre in B.C.

VICTORIA, B.C. — A request for qualifications has been issued by the Government of British Columbia for a new $221.8 million centre for children and youth living with complex health-care needs.

The new centre will be built on the former site of the Sunny Hill Health Centre in east Vancouver, according to a news release.

Through the RFQ process, the Provincial Health Services Authority will identify three qualified proponents to be invited to the request for proposals stage. The RFQ process is expected to last through the fall of 2023.

The centre is designed to offer a myriad of supports for young people with complex, chronic conditions. It will include suites for people to stay overnight when adjusting to transitions. A 74-space child care centre will be built on the site as well with the City of Vancouver contributing half the cost.

The estimated cost is $221.8 million. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation is contributing $20 million.

“This centre will have a significant and positive impact on the thousands of children and youth, and their families living in B.C. and the Yukon, who require specialized health-care support,” said Malcolm Berry, president and CEO of the Hospital Foundation, in the release.

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