Mississauga asks Ontario government to fast-track what will be largest hospital in Canada


Published February 2, 2022 at 5:41 pm

Mississauga city council has thrown its support behind a move to fast-track construction of the new Mississauga Hospital, which when completed will be the largest hospital in Canada.

Responding to a request from Trillium Health Partners (THP) to eliminate red tape related to rezoning, council today unanimously adopted a resolution to ask the provincial government to issue an Enhanced Minister’s Zoning Order
(EMZO) for redevelopment of the hospital.

Essentially, that will allow THP, which oversees Mississauga and Credit Valley hospitals in Mississauga and Queensway Health Centre in Toronto, to proceed more quickly through the municipal approvals process.

Karli Farrow, president and CEO of THP, said an EMZO will save millions of dollars and deliver the new, state-of-the-art 22-storey hospital to Mississauga residents sooner.

In part, council’s resolution stated that an EMZO “would provide a clear public benefit, shortening a process to
meet critical deadlines without changing the probable outcome, a process for which EMZOs were intended.”

The new Mississauga Hospital, details of which were announced in December, is expected to be nearly three times the size of the current healthcare facility at Hurontario St. and The Queensway.

When completed, the new healthcare centre is expected to be the largest single-site hospital in Canada, according to the Ontario government, which unveiled preliminary plans for the huge project nearly two months ago.

While construction of the 22-storey state-of-the-art hospital isn’t anticipated to begin until 2025, work to demolish the existing parking garage at the Hurontario St./Queensway site and begin erecting a new eight-storey parking structure could begin in 2022.

The new parking garage, to be built on the south end of the site on land currently used for surface parking, will have space for 1,462 vehicles, according to the development application.

The new hospital structure will boast about 2.8 million sq. ft. of space and 23 cutting-edge operating rooms, up from the 14 older ORs currently in use.

Additionally, the emergency department will be one of the largest in Ontario and some 350 new beds will be added to bring the total to more than 950. More than 80 per cent of the beds will be in private rooms.

Once the new hospital is complete, the existing structure will be demolished.


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