Whistle Bend continuing care facility not a “pre-fab”, will put Yukoners to work

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 11, 2016

Whistle Bend continuing care facility not a “pre-fab”, will put Yukoners to work

  • Liberal leader is once again relaying inaccurate information to Yukon residents
  • Facility will be built here in Whitehorse, is not being “shipped up”

WHITEHORSE—Following some recent comments by Liberal leader Sandy Silver, it’s time to set the record straight about the Whistle Bend continuing care facility.

Mr. Silver recently commented to CBC news that the new facility “is a ‘pre-fab’ — that it is being built down south and shipped up.” Unfortunately, the Liberal leader is once again relaying inaccurate information to Yukon residents.

While some steel and washroom components will be pre-fabricated in B.C., the vast majority of the construction of this much-needed facility is traditional, and will take place here in Whitehorse.

The Liberal leader also commented on the project’s price tag, comparing it to a similar project in Saskatchewan. Oversimplified apples-to-oranges comparisons with other facilities in Canada are not helpful, due to the many differences between the projects, such as level of care, location, design, construction and procurement methods.

“This type of criticism makes it clear that the Yukon Party is the only party that supports the construction of this much-needed facility,” Minister of Health and Social Services Mike Nixon said. “This project will put hundreds of Yukoners to work and provide the best possible care for those who need it.”

The project budget of $146.6 million dollars is indeed a large number. However, this figure is not just the cost of construction. It is the total project cost, and accounts for everything including land, site services, medical equipment, beds and furnishings, kitchen equipment, information technology and project management.

The Whistle Bend Continuing Care facility is one of the largest capital projects in Yukon history. The Government of Yukon followed a rigorous procurement process that was fair, open and extremely competitive. We are confident that Yukon taxpayers are getting value for money on this project, which is now on track to be completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

“This year, our government has prioritized spending in the areas where it’s needed most,” Minister of Highways and Public Works Scott Kent said. “We are focused on strengthening our local economy, giving students a better education, ensuring Yukoners have access to the best possible health care, and investing in infrastructure.”

Our government has been responsibly planning for the future of long-term care in Yukon, and we are certain that the Whistle Bend Continuing Care facility will be something that Yukoners can be proud of for many years to come.

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Contact:
Dan Macdonald
Cabinet Communications
867-393-6470
dan.macdonald@gov.yk.ca