RFQ out for Canadian healthcare project

The search is underway to find an eventual partner to build two hospitals in British Columbia. The project has an estimated C$600m price tag.

A search to find a consortium to establish a hospital in Comox Valley, British Columbia as well as create a second clinic in neighbouring Campbell River kicked off yesterday.

A request for qualifications (RFQ) for the so-called North Island Hospitals Project is the “first stage” in finding a design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) team, according to the Vancouver Island Heath Authority (VIHA).

The RFQ process, which should conclude August 8, will serve to help the authority draw up a shortlist of three consortia that will then be invited to bid on the public-private partnership (PPP).

The authority has estimated the North Island Hospitals Project will cost C$600 million ($585 million; €465 million), which will be shared between British Columbia and the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CHSRD).

The cost is “subject to change once the procurement process is complete,” the VIHA warned.

The project will give Comox Valley a 153-bed facility and replace a 116-bed hospital dating back to 1937. Campbell River will get a 95-bed hospital including a mental health and addiction service that will replace an aging 70-bed acute care facility built in 1956.

Beginning in 2001, British Colombia has spent $7 billion on healthcare-related social infrastructure.

The CHSRD spent $3 million to develop a business case to explore the project, involving Partnerships British Columbia, the crown corporation charged with managing PPPs for the province.