CancerCare Manitoba is finally getting a new building that was first announced in 2011.
Premier Greg Selinger pledged $70 million for the building back in April, 2011 but was only on hand to announce plans for it today, capping off a week filled with more promises and announcements.
Asked why it’s taken almost five years to get going, Selinger says it wasn’t up to him.
“The people at CancerCare Manitoba and the foundation asked us to hold on the building because they were in the process of acquiring what they believed to be a much better site.”
CancerCare recently closed a $20 million dollar deal to buy the land where the Manitoba Clinic and a parkade currently sit. They will be demolished to make way for the new building. The Manitoba Clinic will be rebuilt at another location nearby.
The new building will eventually be connected to CancerCare’s existing complex on McDermot, beside Health Sciences Centre.
Selinger says it’s unclear how much the building will cost but admits taxpayers will probably be on the hook for more than the original $70 million he promised because this building will be much bigger than first thought.
Early design work is underway. Construction won’t start before 2017.