Work continues on the CGMH redevelopment project with some exciting new milestones to share with you.
In mid-May, CGMH received the first set of comments back from the Capital Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), on both its Stage 1 A and Stage 1 B, Master Program/Master Plan, submitted September 30, 2016.
A meeting was arranged quickly, and on June 12, 2017 a meeting occurred with the Capital Branch of the MOHLTC, the Hospital’s Stage 1 Planning Consultants, Hospital Board members and Senior Staff, to discuss the comments we received.
This was a very productive and informative meeting, which helped provide further clarity to the team. Now we are working with our Stage 1 Planning Consultants to put the polishing touches on the Master Program/Master Plan, and provide the information the MOHLTC was seeking. Our goal is to have the updated submission back to the MOHLTC by early fall 2017.
As you know from our previous post, MPP Jim Wilson’s private member’s resolution, which called for the immediate approval of planning grants for hospital redevelopment projects in Collingwood and Alliston was passed with unanimous support from all three parties in the Legislature, on June 1, 2017.
Although this is not an approval to move to Stage 2, it’s a very positive sign to demonstrate that the government is serious about this project and reconfirms our notion that we are on the overall Capital List with the MOHLTC.
Even MPP Wilson agrees that until the cheque is sent, the community can help by writing letters and emails to the Premier and Minister of Health directly, and signing petitions.
The Premier can be reached at [email protected] or by mailing a letter to Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A8. Minister Hoskins can be reached at [email protected] or by writing him at the same address as above.
As former CEO Guy Chartrand recently stated, “it’s all about continuing to build awareness and moving the file forward.” There is still a long journey ahead and we continue to work through the five stage Planning Process, which aims to see a new hospital built in the South Georgian Bay community in the next decade.
While the redevelopment process remains competitive, with lots of hospitals all vying for Capital funds at the same time, we continue to gain momentum and have strong community support. We are on a very strong path forward, which will continue with the pre-work for Stage 2, as we await our Stage 1 approval to proceed.