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Welcome to Let's Talk Northern Health—our new feedback website where you can connect, share your voice, and have a say in projects across our region.

We know you have ideas about health services and our facilities. We’re committed to working more closely with you to improve engagement and better guide our planning and decision making.

Northern Health hosts different connection events, from open houses to budget consultations to community meetings. But we recognize that face-to-face connection isn't always possible. That's where Let’s Talk Northern Health comes in - to make it easier for you to have a say in project planning and development but also to learn about the services, amenities and programs that are important to you. Here, you can connect with Northern Health at any time on matters where community input would help shape health services where you live.


Stages of capital planning and construction

Significant capital projects identified by Northern Health and the Province of BC typically focus on communities and facilities that would benefit greatly from additional investments. Projects of significant size and scope undergo a rigorous planning procedure and the master plan is the first phase of this process. Master planning assesses how health services can be aligned to meet growth in the community, projected shifts in demographics, and anticipated changes in health care delivery.

Northern Health submits a master plan to its board of directors. Once the master plan is approved, the planning steering group, which includes physicians and surgeons, looks in more detail at the options identified. The development of a master program/master plan is a collaborative process that ensures the current and anticipated challenges facing the hospital and community health care services are addressed. Patient and client safety are integrated into this planning.

A concept plan is then developed that outlines a high-level vision, providing a framework for projected health services and infrastructure. The concept plan is also submitted to the Northern Health board, and then on to the Province of BC for final approval. When the concept plan is approved by government, a business plan is developed to finalize details, such as scope of the new facility and budget.

The business plan places focus on costing the project, and it addresses which services will be provided— and how—within a replacement or upgraded facility. Upon approval of the business plan, the project proceeds to procurement and then construction. The full process of developing a business plan can take approximately 12 to 18 months depending on the size and complexity of the project.

Welcome to Let's Talk Northern Health—our new feedback website where you can connect, share your voice, and have a say in projects across our region.

We know you have ideas about health services and our facilities. We’re committed to working more closely with you to improve engagement and better guide our planning and decision making.

Northern Health hosts different connection events, from open houses to budget consultations to community meetings. But we recognize that face-to-face connection isn't always possible. That's where Let’s Talk Northern Health comes in - to make it easier for you to have a say in project planning and development but also to learn about the services, amenities and programs that are important to you. Here, you can connect with Northern Health at any time on matters where community input would help shape health services where you live.


Stages of capital planning and construction

Significant capital projects identified by Northern Health and the Province of BC typically focus on communities and facilities that would benefit greatly from additional investments. Projects of significant size and scope undergo a rigorous planning procedure and the master plan is the first phase of this process. Master planning assesses how health services can be aligned to meet growth in the community, projected shifts in demographics, and anticipated changes in health care delivery.

Northern Health submits a master plan to its board of directors. Once the master plan is approved, the planning steering group, which includes physicians and surgeons, looks in more detail at the options identified. The development of a master program/master plan is a collaborative process that ensures the current and anticipated challenges facing the hospital and community health care services are addressed. Patient and client safety are integrated into this planning.

A concept plan is then developed that outlines a high-level vision, providing a framework for projected health services and infrastructure. The concept plan is also submitted to the Northern Health board, and then on to the Province of BC for final approval. When the concept plan is approved by government, a business plan is developed to finalize details, such as scope of the new facility and budget.

The business plan places focus on costing the project, and it addresses which services will be provided— and how—within a replacement or upgraded facility. Upon approval of the business plan, the project proceeds to procurement and then construction. The full process of developing a business plan can take approximately 12 to 18 months depending on the size and complexity of the project.