Industrial land in Hull in sight for a new Outaouais hospital

The Coalition Avenir Québec now wants to build its promised new western Quebec hospital in an industrial park in Hull.

On Thursday, the government confirmed plans for a 600-bed hospital near Rue d’Edmonton in Gatineau, Quebec.

The Outaouais University Affiliated Hospital Center would be adjacent to Route 5, between its Saint-Raymond and Saint-Joseph Boulevard exits, and near the Rapibus and Lac-Leamy lines.

Several companies would have to move to make room.

Papineau MP Mathieu Lacombe speaks during an announcement regarding plans for a new hospital in Gatineau, Quebec June 23, 2022. Gatineau Mayor France Bélisle listens. (Patrick Louiseize/Radio-Canada)

In April, the province reversed its decision to build the hospital in an industrial park on the outskirts of Gatineau after the location away from downtown faced significant opposition from residents.

This $2.5 billion project would have been located off Highway 5 in the far northwest of the city, along Technology Boulevard.

The promise of a new hospital in the Outaouais allowed the CAQ to make a historic breakthrough in 2018 by winning three of the region’s five seats.

The next Quebec provincial election is scheduled for October 3.

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