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Ministry of Health

250 952-1887 (media line)

Ministry of Mental Health and

250 208-8438 (media line)

Fraser Health

Media Line
604 613-0794


Plans for revitalization of the Royal Columbian Hospital
  • Phase 1 of the redevelopment project includes a new, more-efficient energy centre; new parking; a campus communications hub and relocation of the current helipad.
    • The new mental-health facility included in Phase 1 has been designed and is being built to achieve LEED Gold certification.
  • Phase 2 is expected to begin construction in 2020.
  • Phase 2 will be procured as a design-build, which will see the successful proponent design and build the project.
  • Facility operations and maintenance will be the responsibility of Fraser Health. 
  • Phase 2 includes a new acute care tower.
    • The tower will add more beds for critical care, maternity, medicine and surgical patients, plus a new emergency department, more operating rooms, more suites for interventional cardiology and radiology, more MRIs, a neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric unit and outpatient clinics, a new main entrance, an underground parkade and a rooftop heliport.
  • Phase 3 is currently scheduled to start at the completion of Phase 2 in 2024.
  • Phase 3 will expand the capacity of existing hospital areas, including laboratory, medical imaging, pharmacy and food services, and includes renovation of the existing medical-surgical inpatient rooms in Columbia Tower.
  • Overall, phases 1, 2 and 3 will increase the capacity of Royal Columbian Hospital, one of B.C.’s most specialized hospitals, by 50%, to 675 beds from 446 beds.
  • Royal Columbian Hospital is the only hospital in B.C. with trauma, cardiac care, neurosurgery, high-risk obstetrics, neonatal intensive care and acute mental-health care all are consolidated on one site. It is one of only two Level 1 adult trauma centres in the province.