Project's history

For more than one and a half centuries, MUHC hospitals have been providing the best possible care to the community. In 1997, The Montreal Children's, Montreal General, Montreal Neurological and Royal Victoria hospitals as well as the Montreal Chest Institute came together to form the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The goal of this historic merger was to create a modern academic health centre where the resources and activities of the five founding hospitals would be consolidated for the benefit of patients, staff, students and researchers – for all the Quebecers they serve. In 2008, the Lachine Hospital and Camille-Lefebvre Pavilion joined the MUHC family, adding a community-focused hospital to the MUHC’s family.

Since then, the Quebec government has given life to the MUHC’s vision of patient-centered care by committing $2.355 billion to the New MUHC that will spur the Glen Site, and the Montreal General Hospital to reach new heights in tertiary and quaternary care, research and teaching as well as another $63 million to expand and modernize the Lachine Hospital.

A short history of a major project

1997:The founding hospitals merge to create the MUHC.
1998:The Quebec government approves the purchase of the old Glen marshalling yard.
2000:The MUHC holds multiple meetings with community representatives to get its project started.
2001:The Government acquires the Glen Yard.
2003:The Government asks the MUHC to keep a site in the downtown area; the Montreal General Hospital is chosen, as it is the most recent of the MUHC buildings and is the only level-one adult trauma care centre in downtown Montreal.
2004:The MUHC signs a partnership agreement with the Inter-Neighbourhood Coalition to ensure that the Glen Campus is developed in keeping with the well-being of the community.
The Mulroney-Johnson Commission gives the government a positive recommendation regarding the New MUHC.
2005:The MUHC presents the Glen Site project to the community through public consultations.
The MUHC begins the environmental remediation of the Glen Site.

The MUHC completes the environmental remediation of the Glen Site.

Master teams to help it carry out the New MUHC.

The Government chooses the public-private partnership model (PPP) for the Glen Site and the conventional approach for the Montreal General Hospital modernization.


The MUHC qualifies two consortia for the PPP process at the Glen Site.

The MUHC and the City of Montreal sign an agreement for the infrastructure work at the Glen Site.

The Ministry of Transport completes the construction of the Addington exit ramp for the Glen Site.


The Lachine Hospital joins the MUHC and the Quebec government promises to invest funds to expand and modernize the hospital.

The MUHC presents the Montreal General Hospital project to the community through public consultations.

The City of Montreal approves the zoning change for the Montreal General Hospital.

The Government approves the MUHC’s Clinical Plan.

The Research Institute of the MUHC receives a $100 million grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to build research facilities at the Glen Site, which is supplemented by $100 million from the Quebec government and $50 million from donors.

The MUHC launches its call for proposals to the qualified consortiums as part of the Glen Site PPP.


The MUHC continues the PPP selection process.

The MUHC and the City of Montreal begin road work near the Glen Site.


The MUHC selects a private partner, the Groupe immobilier santé McGill (GISM)

On June 17th, the MUHC and GISM break ground on the Glen Site. Construction begins.


At the Glen Site, the Design and Development process (for the interior of the hospital) begins. User groups, made up of planners, architects, engineers, administrative and medical staff meet regularly to discuss every detail of the Glen Site layout.

Plans to modernize the Montreal General Hospital are revised, as in-depth studies demonstrated construction of the 2008 proposal would have been extremely disruptive and costly.


At the Glen Site, construction is well underway. Work on foundation piles and excavation is complete. Foundations are poured and the structure comes out of the ground.

For the Montreal General Hospital, a revised modernization project is presented publicly in the Spring of 2011.

At the Lachine Hospital, the new Minimally Invasive Surgery suite is complete in the fall of 2011 – the first phase of Lachine’s modernization project.