Project Stages

Ontario's Five Capital Planning Stages

Stage 4 of capital planning process 

There are five capital planning stages involved with building a hospital in Ontario. West Park is currently in Stage 4 of the Hospital Development.


Stage 1: Proposal

In June 2009, West Park submitted its 800-page “Business Case for Campus Redevelopment” to the Health Capital Investment Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This comprehensive report laid the groundwork for West Park’s long-term, multi-stage redevelopment that included estimated costs, site and building plans, a fundraising strategy and other operational issues.

Stage 2: Functional Program

West Park completed Stage 2: Functional Program in August 2015. The Functional Program describes services, patient volumes and patient needs in the future. Based on these future projections, the document then outlines projected staffing, space requirements and department adjacencies that will be incorporated into the design of the new hospital.

Functional Programming Kick-Off Event 
Martha Harvey, West Park's Senior Project Manager of Clinical Integration, chats with food services staff at the Functional Programming Kick-Off Event in September 2014. Harvey explains how the hospital's new Hospital will incorporate design that have been proven to improve patient care.

Stage 3: Output Specifications

West Park submitted its Stage 3 submission on October 2016. Using the Functional Program as a guide, the Project Specific Output Specifications (PSOS) document generates a list of criteria and standard features West Park’s new facilities must incorporate in its design.

The PSOS details architectural, technology, landscape and design features West Park wants to incorporate in new hospital. For example, since natural daylight has proven to promote healing, West Park has stated that there will be a terrace on every floor so patients may have easy access to the outdoors.

Stage 4: Request for Proposal

In this stage, West Park and Infrastructure Ontario will first release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to shortlist the pool of candidates to three developers. This is to ensure the project team has the required experience and track record to build West Park’s capital project on-time and on-budget.

The three shortlisted candidates will then proceed to respond to our Request for Proposal (RFP) to select a developer who will design, build, renovate and secure the necessary financing for the project. When responding to the RFP, the developers must meet all the criteria outlined in the PSOS from Stage 3 when designing the new hospital.

Stage 5: Implementation/Construction

After another round of government approvals, West Park will enter into Stage 5, the implementation phase where a developer is selected and construction begins.


For more information, please contact the Campus Development team at 416-243-3600 ext. 2111 or development@westpark.org.