On Friday, February 26th (2021) Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott officially announced that the construction of a new hospital for Markdale has been approved, and will start today Monday, March 1st.
The province awarded a contract to Bird Construction to build the 68,000 square foot facility on Toronto Street South.
“This is the news we have been waiting for, and we are extremely pleased that construction is about to begin of a brand new, state-of-the art hospital in Markdale,” said Gary Sims, President & CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS).
“This announcement solidifies the future of excellent health care in the Centre Grey area,” said Sims in a recent media release.
GBHS issued a call for tenders to build a new hospital last summer. After reviewing the bids, the GBHS Board of Directors recommended to the Ministry of Health that Bird Construction be awarded the contract. Bird Construction has offices across Canada, and has built many large health care facilities. The company was in Markdale on Friday to begin preparations on the site.
“As an advocate for the new Markdale Hospital since the day I was elected, I’m incredibly proud to announce today we are fully approved and we’re getting shovels in the ground to build the new hospital,” said MPP Bill Walker of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. “I congratulate the local community whose people rallied around this project and raised millions of dollars in its support. We have been looking forward to this day for many years and I’m thankful to Premier Ford and Minister Elliott for moving forward quickly to make this a reality.”
The current Markdale Hospital will continue to offer regular services until the new hospital is ready to open. The new hospital is expected to take two years to build.
Updates on the project will be posted regularly to the GBHS website at gbhs.on.ca, and on GBHS social media accounts.