• Government of Canada leases federal land to The Ottawa Hospital for new Civic Campus

    The Government of Canada is proud to play a role in this important initiative that will improve health care services to communities in the National Capital Region and augment world-class research.

    Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, along with Katherine Cotton, Chair of the Board of Governors for The Ottawa Hospital, signed a 99‑year ground lease to The Ottawa Hospital. The Hospital will use approximately 20 hectares of federal land, located along Carling Avenue and Prince of Wales Drive, to build the Hospital’s new Civic Campus.

    This property transaction was made possible with the support and cooperation of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the National Capital Commission. Their collaborative efforts facilitated the role Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) played in assembling each department’s piece of land for this lease agreement.

    Quotes

    “Our government is very pleased to transfer the land of the former Sir. John Carling site in Ottawa Centre to The Ottawa Hospital for the development of a new Civic Campus. This project will continue to ensure residents of Ottawa and its surrounding communities have access to state-of-the-art medical and research facilities. I am proud of the collaborative efforts and partnerships between all levels of government that made this possible.”
    The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

    “Together with the three levels of government and our community, we will plan and build a world-class health care facility that will ensure future generations receive state-of-the-art care.”
    Katherine Cotton
    Chair of the Board of Governors for The Ottawa Hospital

    “This lease agreement is the first step in bringing a new world-class health centre to Ottawa. I want to thank the Government of Canada for its support of this important project for our city and its residents. The City of Ottawa remains committed to working with the federal government, the Province of Ontario, The Ottawa Hospital and all of our partners to ensure the new Civic Campus becomes a reference in the evolution of health care.”
    His Worship Jim Watson
    Mayor of Ottawa

    Quick facts

    • The 99-year ground lease to The Ottawa Hospital was signed at a nominal value of $1 per year.
    • PSPC, which manages the disposition of many federal properties, worked closely with all key stakeholders, including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the National Capital Commission, Parks Canada, Canadian Heritage, the City of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital, during the planning and finalization of the transfer.
    • PSPC and The Ottawa Hospital have cooperated to address the environmental contamination in a manner that minimizes overall costs to taxpayers. While the Hospital will be responsible for the required remediation work at the site, PSPC will reimburse incremental costs the Hospital incurs that would otherwise not be incurred as part of the project up to $11.8 million.
    • The ground lease with the Hospital includes important requirements, such as maintaining 207 parking spaces for the Dow’s Lake Pavilion and surrounding area and obtaining necessary approvals from the National Capital Commission.

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    Ashley Michnowski
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough
    819-997-5421

    Media Relations
    Public Services and Procurement Canada
    819-420-5501
    media@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca

     

     

     

  • Statement by the Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus, the Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus and the Mayor of the City of Ottawa

    A better location for the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital – the former Sir John Carling Building site

    December 2, 2016 – On Thursday, November 24, the NCC approved a staff recommendation to offer Tunney’s Pasture to The Ottawa Hospital as the site of the future Civic Campus.

    On Tuesday, November 29, the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital announced its decision to not support the recommendation of the Tunney’s Pasture property, citing key concerns around access, costs and timelines.

    Today, the Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus, the Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus and the Mayor of Ottawa committed to working together to fast-track the approval of the former Sir John Carling Building site as the preferred location for the new Civic Campus – and to get on with the important work of building a better Civic Campus for all residents of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Together the group represents eleven federal MPs, five provincial MPPs and the Mayor of the City of Ottawa.

    The approximately 50 acre site is located at the northeastern corner of the Central Experimental Farm. The former Sir John Carling Building site does not include any research fields and will have a minimal impact on agricultural lands or recreational greenspace.

    The site’s central location provides easier access to the Queensway from both directions for Ottawa residents and patients who travel to the Civic Campus from the East and West and from throughout Eastern Ontario. It also provides easier access to residents from the South end of Ottawa via the Veterans’ Memorial Highway (416) or via Prince of Wales Drive.

    The site is within 100 metres of the Trillium Line, which will connect to the Confederation Line at Bayview Station once the Confederation Line opens in 2018.

    The Ottawa Hospital believes the former Sir John Carling Building site addresses their key concerns with regard to access, costs and timelines. Our community deserves a 21st century hospital and we are committed to bringing world-class health care to the City of Ottawa. This recommendation has the full support of the Ottawa Hospital Board of Governors.

    Not only does this site bring all parties together, it addresses the views of the community that the site be located in the downtown core while being easily accessible by public transit.

    Today, our group has written to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for the NCC, informing her of its support for the former Sir John Carling Building site as the future home of the new Civic Campus.

    The Statement on a Better Location for the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital has been endorsed by the following elected officials:

    Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus Members

    Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change & MP, Ottawa Centre
    Hon. Andrew Leslie, MP, Ottawa-Orléans
    David McGuinty, MP, Ottawa South
    Karen McCrimmon, MP, ‎Kanata Carleton
    Anita Vandenbeld, MP, Ottawa West-Nepean
    Chandra Arya, MP, Nepean
    Francis Drouin, MP, Glengarry – Prescott – Russell
    Steve MacKinnon, MP, Gatineau
    Greg Fergus, MP, Hull Aylmer
    Will Amos, MP, Pontiac
    ‎Stéphane Lauzon, MP, Argenteuil – La Petite-Nation

    Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus

    Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure & MPP, Ottawa West-Nepean
    Hon. Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General (Ontario) & MPP, Ottawa Centre
    Hon. Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, & MPP, Ottawa-Orléans
    John Fraser, MPP, Ottawa South
    Nathalie Des Rosiers, MPP, Ottawa-Vanier

    City of Ottawa

    Jim Watson, Mayor