The Government of Nova Scotia announced that construction of IWK Health Centre’s new pediatric emergency department is underway.

The project will create a larger, more modern emergency department that will enable the IWK to continue delivering high standards of care for patients and families from across the Maritimes, while providing physicians and staff with a facility that better meets their needs.

“This important infrastructure project will enhance the IWK emergency department’s ability to meet the demand for service and will help ensure high-quality care for children and youth in our region,” said Kim Masland, Minister of Public Works.

The expansion will better enable the IWK to provide emergency care, make it possible to accommodate a greater number of complex cases and facilitate criteria for new infection protection and control measures.

“Nova Scotians know the high quality of care the IWK provides children and youth across our province. As our communities continue to grow, now is the time to invest in a new and expanded emergency department to meet the current and future healthcare needs of families,” said Michelle Thompson, Minister of Health and Wellness.

The Province approved $102 million toward the expansion, and it is expected to be completed in late 2025.

“With the construction of the new IWK emergency department now underway, what was once a dream for patients, families, staff and physicians is now becoming a much-needed reality,” said Dr. Krista Jangaard, President and CEO, IWK Health. “When completed, the world-class care provided by our emergency department team will be complemented and enhanced within a state-of-the-art department with the best medical technologies available. It’s an exciting time for IWK Health.”

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Featured image: Rendering of The IWK Health Centre expansion project. (Nova Scotia Public Works)

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