West Park Healthcare Centre is the first Ontario hospital to include a community benefits program in its capital project. As a major employer in Toronto’s York South-Weston area, West Park is committed to making a difference to its patients and local community.
In 2018, EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare (EllisDon) was awarded the contract to build West Park’s new hospital and help fulfill its community benefits.
Working with community partners, EllisDon has an aspirational target to provide 10 per cent of all trade and craft working hours, on a trade-by-trade basis, to be performed by qualified apprentices or journeypersons from historically disadvantaged communities or equity seeking working groups. These groups include black, indigenous and people of colour, newcomers to Canada, women, at-risk youth, persons with disabilities, veterans and individuals who identify as 2SLGTBQ.
Beyond construction, the new hospital and our integrated campus of care will bring community improvements that contribute to economic growth, offer accessible green space, and access to more housing and community services.
- Job creation
West Park continually hires and anticipates more hiring before the new hospital opens in 2023. If you’re committed to making a difference, have a passion for helping others and are looking for a place to grow, check our current opportunities here.
- Access to Green Space
After bringing the “park” back into West Park, the West Lawn will be a sprawling, publicly accessible space for local residents to enjoy at their leisure. Within the West Lawn, the community can also connect to nature with the various landscaped gardens.
- Access to Fitness Trail
A new fitness trail with exercise stations will also be fully accessible to the community, promoting exercise and healthy living.
- Improved Transit
The new hospital will potentially increase TTC and Wheel-Trans ridership to the area. West Park has planned a bus stop on campus should the TTC bring a route onto the campus.
- Access to new housing and community services
West Park’s second construction project — the Non-Hospital Development — will complete the organization’s vision for an integrated campus of care by providing supportive housing and related services for seniors and people with disabilities. Our campus of care is committed to providing local residents with quality health care so they can live life to the fullest.