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Regional Institutional Hub


A hospital for the region
Review of 2011

A truly ambitious project, based on the cornerstone of a hospital for the CSSS de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the regional institutional hub (PIR – Pôle institutionnel régional) embodies a vision shared by the 23 elected officials of the MRC that will give a new face to the region. The regional institutional hub will respond to the needs of the population by promoting respect for the values of a genuine quality of life.

The hub will be oriented towards our future as an urban-rural community. It will enable us to put in place, within the same territory, a regional hospital for the CSSS de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, a number of clinics and other health services, primary and secondary schools in French and English, a CEGEP campus, a campus of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, government offices, affordable housing and student accommodation, and local business ventures. The regional institutional hub will be served by a quality public transit system and will promote active transportation (bicycle and pedestrian paths) in order to create an appealing, dynamic living environment grounded in the principles of sustainable development with green technologies and materials.

A hospital for the region

In April 2011, the hospital project took a step forward with the adoption of a regulation prohibiting any changes of activities in the target area. A group consisting of local members of the National Assembly, representatives of the CSSS, the ASSS and the MRC, the municipalities of Vaudreuil-Dorion and Saint-Lazare and the Citizens' Committee, all met with Minister Yves Bolduc in May and in December to provide an update on the progress of the file. Everyone stressed the collaborative and consultative approach of the partners involved. The Minister also congratulated the elected officials on their development vision looking ahead towards the next 50 years and planning the hospital as the core of a regional institutional hub.

The regional institutional hub will meet health and education challenges for the region

Population growth will naturally increase needs in health and education. In April 2011, the mayors committed themselves to a shared vision of properly planned land use and development. The idea of a regional institutional hub has now taken shape in people’s minds and concrete action has been taken. A target site for the hub was the subject of several studies in 2011. The overall results will enable us early in 2012 to sketch a picture of the site and its potential as the right place for our grand project for a regional institutional hub in Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

Review of 2011

Governance of the project was instituted in January 2011. Bringing together key people from MRC committees allowed the partners to work closely together and respond quickly and effectively to issues as they arose. No fewer than 37 committees have sat over the year to work on urban planning issues and communications and technical aspects, and eight studies were launched. The reputation of the project has grown over the year and it was mentioned in close to 50 press articles. In addition, a dozen formal presentations were given to local partners and