Our Expansion

Rendering of the new Ottawa Heart Institute building
Rendering of the new Ottawa Heart Institute’s main entrance

Our expansion will create a state-of-the-art facility that will meet the demands of delivering outstanding cardiovascular care to a growing and changing patient population.

The facility will provide greater capacity and efficiencies and will support the advanced and rapidly changing technologies required to care for patients who are often older and have more complex medical needs than in the past.

All life support services—operating rooms, electrophysiology labs, catheterization labs and intensive care—will move to the new building. This will provide expanded and improved facilities for the sickest, most acute patients.

Within the existing building, the sub-level will be completely renovated to house a centralized and expanded diagnostic imaging centre. The main lobby will be expanded and redesigned to improve visitor access.

Major Project Phases
January 2015 Break ground
2015 Preparatory work
2016-17 New building construction
Winter 2017 New building completion
2018 to 2019 Renovations of existing building


Major Project Milestones

New Features

  • More than 145,000 sq. ft. of new space
  • Five operating rooms and one shelled-in operating room
  • Nine catheterization/electrophysiology labs
  • An additional surgical critical care unit for 27 beds
  • A central registration area in the lobby and escalator access to upper and lower floors

Statement by The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute regarding next generation health facilities

The planning, design and build of a new Civic campus represents the opportunity of a lifetime for health care in Ottawa. As representatives of our community, we will work in concert as boards to further the best interests of patients in a fiscally responsible manner throughout the planning process taking place over the next three years and beyond. To that end, the statement below reflects our mutual view regarding the way forward in that process.

Signature de Lawrence Soloway
Lawrence Soloway

Chair of the Board
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Signature de James G. McCraken
James G. McCraken

Board Chair
The Ottawa Hospital

Download the statement (pdf)