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The Ottawa Hospital’s pre-capital submission approved by Champlain LHIN

Public consultations set to begin in new year

November 25, 2015 – The Ottawa Hospital  is pleased to announce that the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has approved the hospital’s pre-capital submission plan for the development of the new Civic Campus. The Champlain LHIN’s endorsement for the program components of the capital project moves our community a step closer to building a world-class health-care facility at the designated Carling site.

After the land transfer was announced in November 2014, many procedural steps had to be completed prior to the hospital moving forward with its public information and consultation plan. Now that the hospital has received the LHIN’s endorsement, the consultations with the public are expected to proceed early in the new year.

For the initial phase, the hospital, in collaboration with the National Capital Commission (NCC), will be seeking public input on the design vision, guidelines and principles to understand what is most important to our community and stakeholders when integrating a new hospital into the community. This information, in addition to the standard hospital requirements, will provide the framework of the planning process in the years to come. The consultation sessions will be facilitated over the course of several months by a third party with knowledge and expertise in providing a comprehensive, inclusive and transparent forum for discussion.

“Our goal is to ensure that the citizens of Ottawa continue to receive the best health care possible for generations to come,” said Dr. Jack Kitts, President and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital. “I look forward to our community’s input and insight into how their hospital will integrate into the fabric of the neighbourhood and the city.”

The development of a new Civic Campus is a significant and historic opportunity for The Ottawa Hospital and the City of Ottawa.  Together we will create a benchmark for 21st century healthcare that will benefit the citizens of Eastern Ontario, West Quebec and Nunavut. The Ottawa Hospital is a respected world leader in health research just Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has a rich heritage in research and discovery.


In 2007, The Ottawa Hospital undertook a planning initiative with the LHIN on how to best deliver acute care for the region. A master plan was developed and considered multiple options for how campuses could expand and / or be redeveloped; based on the results, it was determined that the building of a new Civic Campus on a new site allowed for the provision of high-quality care at the least cost while providing the best access for residents of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.

Redeveloping the existing site would cost an additional $1B, add 20 years to the project’s length, and would significantly disrupt our ability to care for patients during construction.

We then looked beyond our current boundaries to find a new location. The site selection process was done  in consultation with a third party with expertise in creating 21st century hospitals.

Twelve potential sites were scored on a defined list of criteria including rapid access to care, proximity to the city core, and public transportation, among others. The Civic Campus is Eastern Ontario’s regional trauma centre and treats patients with the most emergent life-threatening illnesses (stroke, cardiac, vascular, etc.).

The most suitable option to meet The Ottawa Hospital’s objectives and the criteria critical to a health-care facility was to develop a new Civic Campus across from the existing campus on Carling Avenue. The Carling site was also the preferred site because of its proximity to the Queensway and the city core.

The Carling site is 60 acres – 5.7 percent of the Central Experimental Farm – near the corner of Carling Avenue where Fisher, Parkdale and Holland Avenues converge. The process for the land transfer is currently underway.

For more information, please visit our website: New Civic Campus Project

Media contact:
Kate Eggins

About The Ottawa Hospital:

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals, with more than 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff members and an annual budget of about $1.2 billion.

Our focus on learning and research helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care.

From the compassion of our people to the relentless pursuit of new discoveries, The Ottawa Hospital never stops seeking solutions to the most complex health-care challenges.