Since January 2015, the City has been working with the Fraser Health Authority (FHA), the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation (RCHF) and a broad range of community partners on an initiative to develop an Economic Health Care Cluster anchored by RCH - the IDEA Centre.
The IDEA Centre builds upon the strengths of a major health care anchor with a wide variety of advanced specialties, leading health education institutions and related research and development activities to create the highest quality health care environment and promote economic development.
Council and city staff have been working as part of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Health Care Cluster to develop a strategy and implementation plan for pursuing the IDEA Centre. In 2016, the Task Force and City Council endorsed an economic strategy and implementation plan to guide this initiative: the IDEA Centre Strategy and Roadmap.
Rendering of the potential configuration of the Royal Columbian Hospital's eventual build-out.
The Roadmap and Strategy lay out a series of steps to support the successful redevelopment RCH as well as economic growth and livability and sustainability of the entire health care campus and Sapperton neighbourhood. This plan includes four main priorities: