City Council approved a master site plan for the new Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2028.
The $2.8 billion, 50-acre hospital will be located on federal land between Dows Lake and the Central Experimental Farm. The area of the planned site consists of 44% buildings and landscaping, 22% buildings with green roofs and 34% green spaces and landscaping.
The site plan has already been approved by the planning committee and by the National Capital Commission, which controls the federal territory where the new campus will be built.
The council voted 19 to 4 in favor of the site’s master plan, with councilors Rawlson King, Catherine McKenney, Jeff Leiper and Shawn Menard voting against.
Councilors also approved a plan under which the mayor would write to federal environment and agriculture ministers, area MP Yasir Naqvi and the NCC to ensure the long-term protection of the Central Experimental Farm. .
The site was the source of controversy with area residents protesting the proposed above-ground parking garage and use of green space. The search for a new home for the nearly century-old Civic was turned upside down in 2015 when the newly elected federal Liberal government decided to revise the former Conservative government’s plan to build the new site directly across from the old one. The NCC had recommended building the new campus at Tunney’s Pasture, but The Ottawa Hospital’s Board of Trustees unanimously rejected the idea.
Construction of the new campus is expected to begin in 2024, by which time the current Civic Campus will be 100 years old.