In March 2009, the provincial government announced $200 million in funding for Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. This gave Saskatoon Health Region the funding commitment it needed to proceed with planning and building. (News Releases - Ministry of Health; Saskatoon Health Region
- March 18, 2009)
Saskatoon Health Region created a governance framework and project steering committee to oversee the planning and development of the new hospital. The project team was created with the assignment of an internal project director and project lead. In the fall of 2009, requests for proposals were developed and issued for project manager and prime architect.
In parallel to the work underway with the project itself, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (CHFS)
continued its fundraising efforts to assist in making this project a reality. While Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan planning, construction and operation is funded by the provincial government through Saskatoon Health Region, it's the pieces inside the walls that will help make this truly a children and maternal hospital.
Children's Hospital Foundation is our provincial charity responsible for raising funds for the majority of equipment and furnishings for
Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan through its multi-million dollar capital campaign. CHFS was a key driver in moving this project forward and making it a priority with past and present provincial governments.
As part of the fundraising work, in October 2009, CHFS received what at the time the largest individual gift
made to a pediatric hospital in
Western Canada. Leslie and Irene Dubé contributed $6.5 million, the couple saying “By the grace of God, we are able to pour out our love on all our children. When we wake up in the morning we have two choices; go back to sleep and dream or get up and chase those dreams.” (News Release - Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, October 7, 2009)
In December 2009 and through January 2010, proposals were reviewed for project manager and prime architect. Finalists were chosen and negotiations began to secure services and contracts were drawn up.