The request for proposals (RFP) process has closed for prequalified teams to submit their plans to deliver the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) Redevelopment Project.

Following a fair and open two-phase RFP process that began in late January 2022, three prequalified companies have responded by today’s deadline: PCL Northern Health Care, Pomerleau Healthcare Partners and The Bird Team.

Over the next few months, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and WAHA will evaluate the RFP submissions and select a development partner to proceed through a Development Phase for the project. The WAHA Redevelopment Project is being procured using a new progressive public-private partnership (P3) approach, which will involve both a Development Phase Agreement with the development partner and – upon the conclusion of the Development Phase – a design-build-finance P3 Project Agreement to implement the project. Following the evaluation of RFP submissions, the selected development partner will work collaboratively with IO and WAHA under the Development Phase Agreement, as well as with the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Services Canada, to further define and refine project requirements to advance the design and confirm fixed pricing. The development partner is expected to be announced in fall 2022, and project construction is expected to begin in 2024, following the Development Phase.

WAHA provides vital health care services to people living along Ontario’s James Bay and Hudson Bay coasts, many of whom are of Cree lineage. The redevelopment project involves the construction of a new hospital, Elder Care Lodge, visitor hostel and staff accommodations, and renovation of the existing Moosonee Health Centre to accommodate mental health services in Moosonee, as well as a new Ambulatory Care Centre on Moose Factory Island. These modern facilities support WAHA’s commitment to expanding capacity and improving access to exceptional, culturally-sensitive health care for patients and clients. IO and WAHA are working with the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Services Canada to deliver this project.

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