Ontario Construction News staff writer
A Toronto-based foundation has made the largest donation in Canadian history to help build one of the country’s largest and most sophisticated hospitals.
Peter Gilgan and The Peter Gilgan Foundation have donated $105 million to help fund construction of aTrillium Health Partners hospital in Mississauga, and the expansion and renovation of the Queensway Health Centre. Both facilities will be named in honour of Gilgan and his family.
Advance work is underway at the Mississauga Hospital site, with construction on the new Peter Gilgan Mississauga Hospital expected to start in 2025. The Queensway Health Tower construction is expected to start in 2024.
“We want to thank Peter Gilgan and The Peter Gilgan Foundation for this historic donation that will transform health care for everyone living in the West GTA and help set a new standard of care for our country,” said THP foundation president and CEO Caroline Riseboro.
“Peter Gilgan is the most generous benefactor to health care in Canadian history, and we could not be prouder that he and his family have chosen Trillium Health Partners as the recipient of this extraordinary donation.”
The new Mississauga Hospital will replace the existing 62-year-old facility at 100 Queensway West, and a new patient tower at Queensway Health Centre will be home to complex care and rehabilitation services at THP.
At a forecasted combined cost of $3 billion, it’s the largest capital build in Canadian healthcare history, making the organization the largest hospital in Canada.
“We serve one of the fastest growing and most diverse populations in Canada and have been challenged with an unprecedented demand for care,” said Karli Farrow, President and CEO, THP. “Adding to this pressure, during the pandemic, our community has been the hardest hit. THP’s unwavering commitment is to solve these challenges through innovation and high performance.”
Gilgan, who is also the founder of Mattamy Homes, said he was thrilled to support the THP projects.
“THP will combine bold new infrastructure with a proactive approach to community health – it’s the complete solution we urgently need. And because I started my business in this region many years ago, this gift is a way of giving back to the community and to recognize our amazing health care workers for their commitment.”
THP is the largest community-based academic hospital network in Canada, with 1.7 million patient visits per year across three main sites: Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre.