PERTH-ANDOVER (GNB) – A request for proposals was issued today for the project to restore and protect infrastructure at the Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph Hospital in Perth-Andover.

“Your government knows that access to good quality health care is important to New Brunswickers,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “That is why we are proud to be making these investments that will ensure the residents of Perth-Andover have safe and reliable access to health-care services, even in the event of a flood.”

The estimated $7.65-million investment will allow for demolition of the section of hospital that is prone to flooding and has been condemned since 2012, as well as the construction and equipping of an essential services building on higher ground.

The request for proposals will close May 25, with construction expected to begin June 5. The project will be finished in early 2018.

“The residents of Perth-Andover and surrounding areas are resilient and dedicated to their communities,” said Carleton-Victoria MLA Andrew Harvey. “These capital investments will better equip the Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph Hospital so it can continue its vital operations should flooding reoccur.”

Harvey commented for Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser.

Once the project is completed, the provincial government will seek to recover costs through Public Safety Canada’s Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements.