Ottawa P3 on market

A mandate to expand and renovate a heart centre is seeking qualified bidders.

A build and finance concession to expand and re-outfit a cardiovascular care centre in Ottawa is out to tender, according to Canadian ‘Crown corporation’ Infrastructure Ontario (IO).

The deadline to respond to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the ‘University of Ottawa Health Institute Cardiac Life Support Services project’ is Thursday, October 24, IO said. A subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) is expected in the spring of 2014.

The public-private partnership (PPP; P3) will add 146,000 square feet to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and refurbish 60,000 square feet of the facility, as well as install new medical equipment and services.

IO noted the project was enacted to accommodate a demographic “shift” in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, according to IO. The concession will “ensure” the area “high quality cardiac care close to home,” said Ontario politician Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, in a statement.

Government agency Infrastructure Ontario is charged with managing alternative financing and procurement throughout the province.

Earlier in September, IO released a RFQ for a design, build, finance, operate, and maintain (DBFOM) concession for a hospital in Milton, a fast-growing municipality in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

IO is set to publish a RFP for a private partner to design, build and finance a 122,000-square-foot pediatric care centre in Brampton, a suburb of Toronto.