The Project consists of a replacement community-level hospital, with capacity for 204 inpatient beds, built to modern clinical and technical standards on a greenfield site on Bell McKinnon Road, a few hundred metres from Herd Road in the Municipality of North Cowichan. The facility will provide patient care and programs to address future service needs for the region while including the following: total building area of approximately 46,000 square metres; capacity for core inpatient and ambulatory services, including a total of seven operating rooms, and additional procedure rooms and outpatient/ambulatory clinic capacity, expanded diagnostic imaging, and expanded emergency department capacity. Two qualified teams, Alliance Care Partners and EllisDon + Parkin, have been shortlisted to participate in the next stage of the competitive selection process to design and construct the hospital. An RFP has been issued to the shortlisted participants. This is Phase 1 of a two-phase RFP process, which is expected to culminate in a preferred proponent in early 2022.