Construction of Cancer Centre in Calgary on budget and on time

via Today Ville  By Duane Rolheiser


From the Province of Alberta

Calgary Cancer Centre creates jobs in Calgary

The Calgary Cancer Centre is creating more than 8,770 well-paying construction and construction-related jobs in the Calgary region.


This project is one of the largest job creators in Alberta and a key part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan to build and create jobs. Construction continues to be on budget and on time despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thank you to the construction workers who have closely followed COVID-19 guidelines to keep everyone safe, job sites open and this important project on schedule. These efforts will help get Albertans back to work and this much-needed project finished, delivering world-class cancer treatment for Calgarians.”

Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure

“The ongoing construction progress at the Calgary Cancer Centre means this 127,000 square metre facility will open to patients in 2023 to provide top-quality cancer care in a healing space. Thanks to all the workers for their hard work and adherence to public health guidelines.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“The project is an enormous collaborative effort. More than 1,300 people are currently working on-site, including plumbers, electricians, drywallers, elevator installers, painters and inspectors. Dozens of Calgarians work off-site as well, including design consultants, suppliers, and those manufacturing millwork and doorframes and fabricating panels. We’re exceptionally proud of the progress so far.”

Toby Hendrie, project director, PCL Construction

Project facts

  • $1.42 billion project
  • Average of 1,300 workers on-site per day
  • Four million hours of accumulated on-site work (as of Aug. 31)
  • Project construction – began in late 2017 and is expected to be completed in late 2022
  • Operational commissioning (preparing for opening) – 2023
  • Ready for clinical use 2023 (anticipated)

Infrastructure projects like the Calgary Cancer Centre are an integral part of the government’s economic recovery strategy to get Albertans back to work.

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth.

Quick facts

  • This project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
  • This spending includes:
    • $6.9 billion Budget 2020 capital spending
    • $980 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal
    • $200 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects
    • $600 million in strategic infrastructure projects,
    • $500 million in municipal infrastructure
    • $1.5 billion for Keystone XL.
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