Alberta

Calgary Cancer Centre delivered to AHS; NDP pleased that progress on Alberta NDP government-funded project is advancing

News Release

Calgary Cancer Centre delivered to AHS

Patients receiving cancer care in Calgary are another step closer to receiving that care in a world-class medical centre. 

The government is committed to delivering the right supports for all Albertans to get the care they need, right here in Alberta. The Calgary Cancer Centre is one of the newest, most technologically advanced medical facilities in the country. It will provide jobs, educational activities and life-saving medical care when it opens in 2024.

Now that construction is complete, Alberta Infrastructure is handing over the $1.4-billion cancer centre to AHS to complete the final stages of this project.

“Delivering a complex health facility requires collaboration and dedicated efforts from a large number of highly skilled professionals, which are managed and coordinated by Alberta Infrastructure, together with Alberta Health and AHS. Public infrastructure projects like this are an integral part of building for Alberta’s future and providing excellent health care for Albertans. It is with great pride that we hand this facility over to Alberta Health Services.”Nathan Neudorf, Deputy Premier and Minister of Infrastructure

“The Calgary Cancer Centre will be a world-class facility, to match the calibre of the people who deliver cancer care in this province, and the work they do for patients every day. We promised Albertans a stronger publicly funded health system, with better access to care. And we’re delivering on that promise, in cancer care and across the health system.”Jason Copping, Minister of Health

“The Calgary Cancer Centre will help provide patients in Calgary and southern Alberta with a multidisciplinary health system, enabling access to comprehensive cancer care services in a world-class facility.”Dr. John Cowell, official administrator, AHS

“The Patient and Family Advisory Council wanted the building to feel like a giant HUG. We wanted light shining through the building to help HOPE float. We wanted a building that would house courage, research, state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and most importantly a building that felt like a home for all the people that came through its doors. This truly is a labour of love, and I leave a piece of my heart within this building.”Nashrin Mitha, patient and family advisor since 2014

The new centre will increase cancer care capacity in Calgary by consolidating and expanding existing services to support integrated and comprehensive cancer care. The hospital will serve as a hub for medical education and research activities, providing jobs and educational opportunities for Albertans.                               

AHS is preparing the hospital for clinical services, including installing equipment and furniture, and training staff.

Once operational, the 186,000 square metre facility will have 160 inpatient beds, 100 patient exam rooms and will provide a wide range of health-care services for cancer patients.

Quick facts

  • Once operational, the new centre will include:
    • outpatient cancer clinics
    • 160 inpatient unit beds
    • wet and dry research labs
    • clinical and operational support services
    • clinical trials unit and research laboratories
    • systemic and radiation treatment services including 15 radiation vaults
    • new on-site underground parking with 1,650 stalls
  • The centre covers about 186,000 square metres (more than two million square feet), with 13 above-grade levels and five levels of underground parking.
    • The $1.4-billion investment doesn’t include parkade costs.
  • As of November, workers had accumulated approximately eight million hours of on-site work.
    • Last summer, at the peak of construction, more than 1,650 trades and construction workers were on site.  

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Media Statement

David Shepherd, NDP Health Critic made the following statement on the UCP’s update on the Calgary Cancer Centre:

“I am pleased that progress on the Calgary Cancer Centre project is advancing. This is an important state-of-the-art facility which the Alberta NDP government was proud to provide funding to build so that cancer patients can receive high quality care. 

“The UCP criticised our work to build the Calgary Cancer Centre in government, calling it a fancy box. And previous conservative governments didn’t want to see the project completed at all.

“I am concerned about staffing plans for the centre, especially as the UCP’s chaos in health care has driven health care workers out of the province. 

“An Alberta NDP government will be committed to ensuring Albertans can access high quality cancer care.” 

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