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Lady Minto Hospital has been at the heart of our unique community, caring for the health of Islanders, for generations. Lady Minto Hospital’s Emergency Department is where we go when we’re facing anything from a broken bone to a life-threatening health challenge. Time and again, it’s our lifeline. Sooner or later, every Salt Spring Islander needs the Emergency Department.

Today, your Emergency Department needs you.

The Right Size for Now and Into the Future

When the current Lady Minto Hospital opened its doors in 1958, about 2000 people lived on Salt Spring Island. Today, the island’s population is nearing 11,000. The current Emergency Department was not designed for that large a population or for the advancements in medical science and technology that have occurred over the last six decades.

The new Emergency Department will double the number of acute and urgent primary care patients who can be treated at one time, with a dedicated room for mental health and substance use treatment, a triage desk for enhanced patient safety and privacy, and expanded patient and family waiting areas. This new Emergency Department will create:

  • More space for the health care team to work safely,
  • Greater privacy for patients to discuss their conditions with the health care team,
  • The ability to strengthen infection control requirements.

The Expansion Is Budgeted at $10.4 Million

The total budgeted cost to design, build, furnish, and equip the new Lady Minto Hospital Emergency Department is $10,400,000. The Capital Regional Hospital District is contributing $3,000,000. The Lady Minto Hospital Foundation’s contribution, including your donations, is budgeted at $7,400,000.

Targeted Spring 2023 Opening

The new Emergency Department will be an extension to Lady Minto Hospital, located to the south of the existing Extended Care Unit wing in the upper parking lot. There will be a patient drop-off area immediately in front of the main entrance doors. The new main hospital entrance will be located just in front of the current entrance.

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Initial Design Concepts
Architect’s Rendering


Final Design Details and Construction Documents will be completed this summer. The contractor will be selected this fall. Construction is anticipated to begin around the end of 2021 with an opening in Spring 2023.



Lady Minto staffers give thumbs up to the new Emergency Department, to be built where they’re standing in the hospital’s upper parking lot.

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