10 years of waiting, work has finally begun on the long-awaited
and highly antici- pated Orléans Health Hub.
groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday, Aug. 20 near
the corner of Mer Bleue Road and Brian Coburn Blvd. The
event was attended by all of the area’s local politicians
including Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde who has been
doggedly staying on top of the project every since she took
over from Phil McNeely as the local MPP.
is a great day for the residents of Orléans who have been
extremely patient in waiting for this important project
which will improve heath care services in the east end for
years to come,” said Lalonde.
Hub was first promised by then Health Minister George Smitherman
in 2009. That pledge was reiterated by then Premier Dalton
McGuinty during pre-election stopover in Orléans in 2010,
Since then it has suffered numerous delays over the years,
but was never far from the minds of residents eager for
the important addition to the east end.
thought the project maybe in jeopardy when the Conservatives
replaced the former Liberal government in last year’s provincial
election, but Doug Ford stayed true to his word and delivered
on his campaign promise that the Health Hub would be built.
million health facility will take 18 months to two years
to complete. The construction contract was awarded to EllisDon.
built the 96,000 sq. ft. facility will bring together health
and community service partners to better serve the residents
the organizations that will provide services through the
Health Hub are Bruyère Continuing Care, the Champlain Local
Health Integration Network (LHIN), the Children’s Hospital
of Eastern Ontario, the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre,
the Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa, the
Montfort Hospital and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.
ceremony was a dream come true for former Ottawa-Orléans
MPP Phil McNeely who fought tirelessly for the project prior
to retiring in 2014.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)