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Swift Current Long-Term Care Project

Swift Current Long-Term Care - Representation Only

A new 225-bed long-term care facility is being built in Swift Current. 

The new facility will replace three aging facilities: 

  • Swift Current Care Centre
  • Prairie Pioneers Lodge 
  • Palliser Regional Care Centre

The number of beds available in the community will increase from 198 to 225.


1. What does the new facility include?

The facility includes 210 long-term care beds and 15 for respite and palliative care. Each room is private and has its own private bathroom.

This facility will create a home-like atmosphere for seniors and will be the latest addition to a site that will include schools, the Cypress Regional Hospital, and the City's recreation facilities including a leisure aquatic centre and an indoor field house.


2. When did the project start?

  • Construction began in summer 2014 and will be completed in spring 2016.
  • This long-term care centre will open on-time and on-budget. P3 contracts impose significant penalties on builders if construction gets behind schedule.

3. Private-Public Partnership (P3)

  • The Swift Current Long-Term Care Project will be built as a Public-Private Partnership (P3).
  • With a P3, the same team that builds the centre must maintain it in "like new" condition for 30 years. This encourages the use of high-quality materials and long-term thinking in design to reduce costs into the future.
  • Unlike many government projects throughout history, P3s finish on-time and on-budget.
  • Saskatchewan business groups have supported P3s as a way to improve infrastructure and create jobs. This includes:
    • The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
    • The Regina Chamber of Commerce
    • The Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
    • The North Saskatoon Business Association
    • The Swift Current and District Chamber of Commerce

Operations and maintenance

  • In addition to construction costs, the builder is also responsible for operation, maintenance and the transfer of risk.
  • Transfer of risk means that taxpayers are protected from any project cost overruns. These costs will be incurred by the builder.

4. Project Team

  • The P3 brought Saskatchewan builders together with world-class designers from Plenary Health, whose health facilities in other Canadian provinces have won international awards for innovation and design excellence.
  • Twenty-eight Saskatchewan businesses have been at work during construction of the project, with nine from Swift Current including:
Duncan Roofing Ltd. Stevenson Industrial Refrigeration
R.L. Cushing Millwork Co. Ltd. Ultimate Insulation Foam and Fire Inc.
Walchuk Masonry Humboldt Electric Ltd.
All Weather Windows Modern Niagara
Artistic Masonry and Stucco Ltd. Penner Doors and Hardware
Creative Door Services Ltd. Altus Geomatics
Johnson Controls Canada Azaria Foam Solutions Ltd.
Pacer Projects Corporation
(through Superior Foundations)
Castle Design & Marketing Services
PCL Knudsen Excavating Ltd.;
QSI Interiors Ltd. Kruse Glass & Aluminum Ltd.
Shanahan’s Ltd. Mobile Paving Ltd.
Stantec Architecture Ltd. Procyk Bros. Transport Inc.
Wheatland Machine Ltd. Wiebe Contracting Ltd.
Montgrand Reinforcing Ride on Concrete Ltd.

5. Project Cost

  • A total investment of $108.5 million is being made, including the cost of design, construction, finance and maintenance.
  • A report by Deloitte verifies the P3 saves taxpayers 13%. Capital and maintenance costs are $7 million less with a P3, with overall savings of $16.5 million.

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