Plans to build a new hospital in downtown Toronto reached a significant milestone today with the release of a request for qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance and maintain the replacement Bridgepoint hospital. 

The new hospital will be built specifically for people living with complex chronic disease and disability in the Greater Toronto Area.  This is the first step in the process to select a consortium for the capital project to build the new hospital. 

“This marks an important milestone for Bridgepoint Health,” said Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan. “The project is part of the government's five-year $30 billion-plus infrastructure investment plan that represents the biggest investment in health care infrastructure in more than a generation.” 

“These projects are an essential part of our government's plan to renew hospitals and lower emergency room wait times in the local community and across the province,” commented Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, George Smitherman. “Once complete, this new hospital will improve access to important health services so that downtown Toronto residents will get the care they need, when they need it.” 

The new Bridgepoint Health facilities will be designed specifically to serve people in need of rehabilitation services and living with complex chronic disease and disability. 

“This announcement brings us one step closer to creating Canada's leading centre for the treatment of people living with complex chronic disease and disability - the most pressing health care issue of the 21st Century, right here in Toronto,” said Marian Walsh, President and CEO, Bridgepoint Health.  “Our architects, Stantec Architecture and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB), have been working on an extraordinary design for the new hospital and we're delighted to take another step towards breaking ground on this important health care initiative.” 

RFQ submissions will be reviewed to pre-qualify project teams with the design, construction and facilities management experience, the qualified personnel and the financial strength to deliver a project of this size and complexity. Pre-qualified teams will be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) to design, build, finance and maintain the new hospital, which is expected to be released in the spring of 2008.   

Bridgepoint Health is an integrated, health services organization focused on providing a continuum of care for individuals in the Greater Toronto Area who are living with complex chronic disease and disability.  Bridgepoint Health is a University of Toronto community affiliated teaching hospital and comprised of Bridgepoint Hospital, Bridgepoint Community Rehab, The Bridgepoint Centre for Research, Education and Policy, Bridgepoint Health Foundation and the Bridgepoint Family Health Team. 

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will work with Bridgepoint Health to build the new replacement hospital, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable. Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects-ensuring they are built on time and on budget.  

This project is guided by principles outlined in the Province's Building a Better Tomorrow framework, which ensures public ownership of core assets such as hospitals, schools, and water and wastewater facilities.  

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Amy Tang 

Minister's Office 

Public Infrastructure Renewal 


Lorne Burger 

Infrastructure Ontario 


Bernadette Seward

Bridgepoint Health 

416-461-8252 x 2177 

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