New $365 million cancer care centre proposed for Brampton

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Published November 3, 2021 at 4:59 pm

Brampton health officials have started a campaign to build a cancer care centre in the city that could open by 2028 if all goes according to plan.

The proposed facility would become part of the Brampton Civic Hospital Campus and meet the growing need for patient care which is expected to double over the next 20 years.

The cost for the cancer centre is estimated at $365 million of which the City of Brampton is being asked to contribute $37.5 million.

“Cancer Care Ontario has confirmed what we already know that Brampton experiences high risk factors for cancer,” said Dr. Naveed Mohammad, president and chief executive officer of William Osler Health System. “We already have significant patient volumes in Osler’s cancer surgery and chemotherapy programs. This is why we are in discussions with the Ministry of Health about a state-of-the-art cancer centre here in Brampton.”

Speaking at Brampton council today (Nov. 3), Dr. Mohammad said a cancer centre will allow radiation therapy and other Osler cancer care services and therapies to be integrated under one roof, an important aspect to treatment.

“This would mean that patients who need treatment every day will no longer have to travel on a daily basis to Mississauga…or elsewhere,” he said adding that the centre would also become a place for innovation and research as well as provide educational opportunities.

If the cancer centre proceeds, it will be a new building earmarked for the southeast corner of the Brampton Civic campus of Osler.

The cancer centre and the renovation of the old Peel Memorial Hospital into a new, fully functional hospital for the city are part of the large financial wish-list the William Osler Health System has asked Brampton to contribute to so that the projects can get off the ground.

Brampton councillors are still marred in the debate over how the city intends to contribute financially even though instituting a tax levy on ratepayers seems inevitable.

After a lengthy debate at today’s meeting councillors agreed that funding of approximately $125 million for both Peel Memorial Hospital and the cancer care centre will ultimately come from Brampton, though funds may also be sought through the Region of Peel. The rest of the money will have to come from senior levels of government and through local fundraising.

 

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