Terrace’s Mills Memorial Hospital is getting a replacement after all.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong made the announcement during an address to the Terrace and District Chamber of Commerce today.
He says there’s still work to be done before shovels hit the ground, but it will happen.
During his presentation, he challenged chamber members to find one instance of where his government promised to build a hospital and didn’t deliver.
The total cost is still unknown, but it’s estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Terrace mayor Carol Leclerc was ecstatic at the announcement.
That reaction is a big change from last week when she expressed disappointment there was no mention of a new hospital for Terrace during the budget presentation.
She says the area needs the modern healthcare facilities a new hospital will bring.
Northern Health has already submitted a concept plan to the province, and once it’s approved, a business plan will be put in place. The business plan process can take up to 18-months to complete.
The Northwest Regional Hospital District Chair Harry Nyce says they’re delighted to see the next steps being taken.
New Democratic Leader John Horgan is pleased to see the project moving forward, but was disappointed it had to come right before election season.