CBRM Healthcare Redevelopment


667 8 Street, New Waterford, Cape Breton

Project Type

Traditional delivery


Community Hub Model (health centre, long-term care home, wellness centre and school)

New Waterford

Opened in 1963, New Waterford Consolidated Hospital is a community hospital that serves New Waterford and surrounding areas. It currently has 21 acute care beds and 24 nursing home beds in Waterford Heights, a licensed community long-term care unit.

As part of the project, residents will have a new, modern health centre that includes 12 (sub-acute) short-stay beds and a 60-bed long-term care home. Both will be built on the Breton Education Centre school site, along with a new, modern school and wellness centre.

The community hub model will create hands-on learning opportunities and new programming for students in healthcare-related fields. It also provides opportunities to share facilities and service the surrounding community’s growing needs.


Announced as contracts are awarded


New Health Centre
  • Will replace New Waterford Consolidated Hospital, strengthening primary health services in the area.
  • Incorporates space for collaborative family care teams (doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, dietitians, and other health professionals).
  • Incorporates space for urgent care clinics for after-hours access and mental health and addictions programs.
  • New ambulatory care clinic space.
  • Spaces for community Foodbank and community garden to operate from.
  • Continuing care staff in one location.
  • New consultation rooms for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and nutrition counselling.
  • New consultation rooms for counselling, community support teams, and wellness clinics.
  • New teamwork stations for public health services with clinic/consult rooms.
Short-Stay Beds
  • Twelve new (sub-acute) short-stay beds for patients who need observation but not in an acute care setting; stays up to 72 hours.
  • This includes patients with exacerbated COPD, post-surgery wound care requiring IV antibiotics, and blood transfusion.
New Long-Term Care Home
  • Will replace 24-bed Waterford Heights with new 60-bed long-term care home.
New school for grades 6-12
  • Breton Education Centre was built in 1971 and consultation determined replacing the school was the best option.
  • New school will include gyms to ensure Coal Bowl continues and a new theatre.
  • The outdoor sports fields and recreation spaces have been relocated.
New Community Wellness Centre
  • To complement the community hub model, a Community Wellness Centre will also be built to provide ‘community space’ to support social, cultural, and recreational activities.
  • It will replace the community space that was lost when the Carmel Centre closed in 2019.
  • It will provide accessible and appropriate multi-purpose/multi-use, community space that can be used for: seniors’ programs; exercise, music and art programs; community organization meetings; support groups; parent/family education & learning; child and youth development and more.
New recreation facilities
  • To make way for the construction of the new, modern community hub, some recreation facilities in New Waterford were rebuilt and relocated.
  • The artificial soccer field, tennis courts, and three buildings (washrooms and storage) on the Breton Education Centre site have been moved to MacKinnon Field.
  • The grass soccer field at MacKinnon Field was moved to nearby Colliery Lands Park.



  • Develop Construction Documents for the Health Centre and Long-term Care Centre.
  • Breton Education Centre construction ongoing.
  • Community Wellness Centre construction ongoing.


  • Completed the relocation of the sports fields and installation of new artificial turf.
  • Awarded the contract for the construction management services for the New Waterford Community Hub project to PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (October 2020)
  • Awarded the contract for the New Waterford Hub design services to Architecture49 in partnership with HDR. (May 2020)



  • Improved access to care.

Healthcare Professionals

  • Providing doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with a modern place to work with advanced equipment and technology.
  • Providing a modern, state-of-the-art facility to help recruit and retain healthcare professionals.


  • The project will focus on a healthy indoor environment, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and efficient use of energy, water, and other resources.