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  • January 15, 2015

Improving Access to Cardiac Services in Ottawa

Ontario Expanding the University of Ottawa Heart Institute





January 15, 2015


Ontario is expanding the University of Ottawa Heart Institute to help more patients access high-quality, specialized cardiac services.


The Ontario government is committing approximately $162 million to add about 147,000 square feet of space and to renovate an additional 59,000 square feet of space at the institute.


Patients with a heart condition will benefit from:

  • A new five-storey state-of-the-art building for clinical and in-patient services.
  • 1,582 additional catheterization lab procedures a year to help diagnose and treat more patients. 
  • 293 additional electrophysiology procedures a year to help diagnose arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat).
  • 305 additional surgeries a year resulting from one additional operating room and six additional cardiac surgery intensive care unit beds.
  • An additional 11,618 cardiac imaging investigations each year due to the relocation and expansion of the cardiac imaging suite.
  • Advanced technology for the cardiac labs, electrophysiology labs, operating room, cardiac surgery intensive care unit and the cardiac imaging department to provide better care for patients.


Construction at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is now underway and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2019.


Investing in hospital infrastructure is part of the government’s patient-centred approach to health care. It is also part of the Ontario government's four-part economic plan to build Ontario up by investing in people's talent and skills, building new public infrastructure like hospitals and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.




“The expansion and redevelopment of the University of Ottawa’s Heart Institute is an example of how our government is working to improve patient outcomes and ensuring they can access the services they need close to home.”

— John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“Our government is committed to connecting Ontarians with state-of-the-art health care close to home. The expansion and redevelopment of the University of Ottawa’s Heart Institute will provide the Ottawa community with better access to the specialised cardiac services they need.” 

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care


“Investing in vital infrastructure projects, like the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, not only allows Ontario to continue paving the way for future generations, but also creates hundreds of jobs to help stimulate the local Ottawa economy. Infrastructure Ontario is a world leader in procuring and delivering large and complex projects on time and on budget, and I’m pleased that construction can now begin on this important project.”

— Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure


 “I am very excited that with today’s ground breaking, the expansion of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute is underway. This investment in high quality health care will ensure expanded cardiac care services are available and delivered to the residents of Ottawa in a new state-of-the-art facility."

— Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre


“Today marks a historic milestone as we begin the construction of the most significant expansion of the Heart Institute since its foundation. Our new facility will not only reinforce our cardiovascular care, research, and training capacities, but it will also ensure that our patients continue to receive world-class care, from an extraordinary team evolving in a state-of-the-art environment. This is our promise.”

— Dr. Thierry Mesana, President and CEO, University of Ottawa Heart Institute



  • The University of Ottawa’s Heart Institute and Infrastructure Ontario have awarded a contract to PCL Constructors Canada Inc. to build and finance the expansion and redevelopment project.
  • The Institute is Canada's largest and foremost cardiovascular health centre, which provides care for more than 80,000 patients each year and trains more than 100 physicians every year.
  • Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will work with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute to manage the renovation and new construction at the hospital, which will remain publicly owned, controlled and accountable.
  • The project will create employment in the construction sector, with approximately 150 workers expected on site each day at the peak of activity.  PCL estimates that approximately 90 to 95 per cent of the labour for the project will come from the Ottawa area.


Read Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care.   

Read Building Together, Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan.

Learn more about Infrastructure Ontario.

Read about Infrastructure Ontario’s other projects in Ottawa.

Visit for more information


Media Contact:

Bismah Haq

Special Assistant-Communications & Community Outreach

Marie-France Lalonde, M.P.P. Ottawa-Orléans


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