Media Contacts

Ministry of Health

250 952-1887 (media line)

Island Health

250 755-7966 (media line)

Provincial Health Services Authority

778 867-7472 (media line)


What people are saying about the new BC Cancer centre in Nanaimo

Sheila Malcolmson, MLA for Nanaimo –

“We all want people in Nanaimo to get the health care they need, especially at a time of critical illness. A cancer diagnosis is stressful, but with the work underway on a new BC Cancer centre in Nanaimo, more people can count on good care in their own community, surrounded by their friends and family.”

Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan –

“The development of a new BC Cancer centre is great news for Nanaimo and nearby communities. Our government is investing in cancer care here and across B.C. to meet current demand and the future needs of a growing and aging population.” 

Leah Hollins, board chair, Island Health –

“We are so pleased that the business plan for the new BC Cancer centre at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital has been approved. The expansion of cancer care services at NRGH will enable Island Health and BC Cancer to provide greater access to cancer care, treatment and diagnostics closer to home for people living in central and north Vancouver Island communities.”

David Byres, president and CEO, Provincial Health Services Authority –

“The business plan approval for the new BC Cancer centre at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital marks a major milestone in delivering vital cancer care to the people of Nanaimo and surrounding communities. Together with Island Health, we will collaborate with our patients, families, Indigenous partners and local communities to design a modern facility that is patient-centred, accessible and is grounded in our commitment to Indigenous cultural safety.”

Sarah Roth, president and chief executive officer, BC Cancer Foundation –

"With over half of Vancouver Island’s population living north of the Malahat, the BC Cancer centre in Nanaimo is pivotal for patients and their families in local communities. The BC Cancer Foundation is committed to helping equip the new cancer centre with critical, cutting-edge technologies.”

What to know about the BC Cancer centre in Nanaimo

As of 2023, the Nanaimo region was comprised of more than 450,000 people, which is roughly half of Island Health Authority's population, and it is projected to continue growing in the coming years.

  • In addition, the population aged 75 and older is expected to grow by around 30%, from 55,000 to 72,000, in the next five years.
  • In B.C., one in two people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their life.
  • It is estimated that more than 1,000 people who live in the Nanaimo area will require radiation therapy in 2024.

According to the Provincial Health Services Authority and BC Cancer, the new facility is projected to support the following in its first year:

  • 11,000 radiation patient consultations and followup appointments; and
  • 1,600 patient courses of treatment, which will result in 20,000 treatment visits per year.

Since 2017, B.C. government has invested more than $131 million in Nanaimo Regional General Hopsital.

Investments include:

  • intensive care unit (ICU and high-acuity unit (HAU) redevelopment - $60 million.
    • ICU completed June 2023, and HAU estimated completion 2024;
  • steam boilers replacement - $18 million – estimated completion 2024;
  • electrical energy centre redevelopment - $11 million – completed in 2021; and
  • new MRI machine - $5.5 million - completed 2022.