KINGSTON - The request for proposals stage has closed for shortlisted teams to submit bids to design, build, finance and maintain Providence Care Hospital.

The new hospital will include single inpatient rooms that meet current infection control standards and adjacent therapy and treatment spaces that will allow patients to receive care closer to their rooms. It will also feature on-site clinics for inpatients and outpatients and improved teaching, learning and research facilities that will support Providence Care's role as a major centre for health education and research.

The project will focus on sustainable design and construction, with the goal of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification. LEED® buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.

Over the next several months, Infrastructure Ontario and Providence Care will evaluate the proposals from Integrated Health Solutions, Plenary Health and Providence Alliance for Caring Environments. The successful bidder is expected to be announced in fall of 2013 when the evaluation process is complete. The cost of the winning bid will be announced publicly following financial close, anticipated for late 2013, and construction is expected to begin shortly after.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with Providence Care to build the new facility, which will remain publicly owned and publicly 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, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 billion. 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.

Providence Care is southeastern Ontario's leading provider of specialized mental health care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, specialized geriatric services, complex continuing care, palliative care and long-term care. Affiliated with Queen's University in Kingston and a member of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, Providence Care is a major center for health education and research. Providence Care is sponsored by the Catholic Health Corporation of Ontario.

Visit or www.providencecare.cafor more information.


John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and The Islands
“Today's announcement brings us one step closer to the start of construction of this great new hospital. The community will benefit from this project for years to come.”

Glen Wood, Board Chair, Providence Care
“It is exciting to see our community's hospital redevelopment project move forward toward construction later this fall. When it is complete, the new Providence Care Hospital will support us in our Mission to enhance the quality of life of those we serve by meeting the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of each person. Providence Care has a tradition of compassionate care, and we are very eager to see this tradition continued in our new hospital.”