The request for proposals stage has closed for shortlisted teams to submit bids to design, build and finance the new McMaster Children's Treatment Centre.  

Over the next several months, Infrastructure Ontario and Hamilton Health Sciences will evaluate the proposals from PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Integrated Team Solutions and Kids Health Infrastructure Solutions. The successful bidder is expected to be announced in early 2014. Following financial close, the contract value will be announced, with construction expected to begin in the spring 2014.  

The new treatment centre will be constructed on Wellington Street across from the Regional Rehabilitation Centre. It will be fully accessible and will include an outdoor wheeling track, a therapeutic playground and physiotherapy space. The new centre will also bring together a number of programs that are currently located at Hamilton Health Sciences' Chedoke site, including:  

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Services 
  • Child and Youth Mental Health Program  
  • Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation  
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics Service  

Together, these programs accommodate 70,000 visits annually. The new centre will provide the space to accommodate the delivery of patient and family-focused service and individualized programming.  

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services are working with Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation to build the new McMaster Children's Health Centre, which will remain publicly owned and controlled. 

Infrastructure Ontario is a crown agency of the Province of Ontario that delivers large, complex infrastructure renewal projects on time and on budget. Over the last six years, the province has applied Infrastructure Ontario's alternative financing and procurement model to 83 major projects valued at approximately $38 billion dollars, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion dollars. Infrastructure Ontario also manages one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with financing to renew public infrastructure, and leverages its private-sector expertise to manage major commercial transactions on behalf of the province.  

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Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services

“Our government is determined to build a more prosperous Ontario by investing in people and infrastructure. As part of that plan, I am pleased to see this important project take another step forward for the benefit of children and families in Hamilton region.” 

Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

“This new purpose-built facility will make such a difference to the children and families who rely on it for specialized services and support. I can't wait for construction to begin next spring.”  

Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, President McMaster Children's Hospital 

“We are thrilled to take the next big step on our journey towards developing our new facility that will not only transform care for children and youth in the community but will also be a new and dynamic work environment for our dedicated staff and volunteers.” 


Mandy Downes Agnes Bongers

Infrastructure Ontario Hamilton Health Sciences, 

416-327-5246 McMaster Children's Hospital   

905-521-2100 ext. 76056

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