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Regional institutional hub



Description and Scope

A major project within the MRC is the creation of a regional institutional hub, based on the shared vision of the 23 mayors and advocating the promotion of a remarkable quality of life for all residents of Vaudreuil-Soulanges. With the future hospital of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux of Vaudreuil-Soulanges (CSSS) as a cornerstone of the project, the regional institutional hub gives further impetus to the dynamic development of the region, particularly given the ever growing needs of the population.

In addition to implementing the regional hospital of the CSSS of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, medical clinics and other health services, the hub will include new French and English elementary and secondary schools, the addition of a new college and university wing, public and para-public services, affordable housing, as well for workers and citizens as for students, and local retail stores. Served by quality public transit and promoting active transportation due to the presence of bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways, the hub aims to create a living environment that is both attractive and dynamic, designed according to the principles of sustainable development and inspired by green technology and materials.

A hospital for the region

In April 2011, the hospital project progressed significantly through the adoption of an interim control regulation of the targeted territory, initially excluding any modification of activities in this study area and enabling a series of urban, environmental and legal analyses. A group consisting of provincials MLAs, representatives from the Centre de santé et de services sociaux of Vaudreuil-Soulanges (CSSS), the regional health and social services (ARSSS) agency, the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the cities ​​of Vaudreuil-Dorion and Saint-Lazare and the citizens mobilization committee, all met with the Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Yves Bolduc, on several occasions in 2011 and 2012 to get an update on the progress of the project. All parties unanimously emphasized the dedicated cooperation and consultation work of the partners involved. For his part, the Minister did not fail to congradulate the elected officials for their vision of development reaching into the next 50 years, which paved the way for the planning of the hospital at the heart of a regional institutional hub, a true health and knowledge center.

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The regional institutional hub: the answer to regional health and education stakes

The sustained growth of the population contributes to increased needs for health and education services. Confronted with this reality, the mayors decided in April 2011, to develop a common vision in order to properly plan the development of our region to support its growth. The regional institutional hub seemed to be imperative forward-thinking project and, as a results, tangible measures have been taken for its realization. Several studies, environmental, planning and legal analyses  have been conducted or are underway, including the establishment of the regional hospital, the centerpiece for this high caliber development project, that seeks to respond as adequately as possible to the needs of the population and respect within a sustainable development framework.

 

Progress

Since December 2010, various partners have carried out many different activities. A series of urban studies, environmental and legal analyses conducted by the MRC, the Centre de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and municipalities have been provided to Minister Yves Bolduc in December 2011 and April 2012, in order to enable him to choose the site most suitable to host the hospital. Since May 2012, interdepartmental meetings (Department of Health and Social Services, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, the Quebec Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Ministry of Public Security, Quebec Real Estate) were held with all project partners (Centre de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, Public Health and Social Services of the Montérégie, the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, City of Vaudreuil-Dorion) so that all parties on equal footing in terms of the information available to enable each of them to comment on the benefits and disadvantages of each site under study.

The Minister's decision regarding the choice of the site was expected in early fall 2012. Since this past summer's provincial election brought about a change in government, the MRC met with Mr. Pascal Lebel, political attaché to Mr. Réjean Hébert, Minister of Health and Social Services, in order to present him the Regional institutional hub project and obtain a status on health-related files concerning the region. We learned that the Ministry requested all health and social services agencies to identify their priority projects. The MRC thus sent a letter dated January 8, 2013 to the Montérégie region  Health and Social Services Agency, in which we ask that the CSSS de Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital project and the development of transitory outpatient services form part of the priorities submitted to the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The MRC continues to hope that the Ministry of Health and Social Services will identify a site by March 2013, thereby enabling the MRC and its partners to begin new studies (landscape, accessibility, economic and other analyses). Thereafter, the MRC will initiate steps to develop the final design of the regional institutional hub, which will integrate the new hospital.

 

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