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Project Horizon

Project Horizon, our campus redevelopment project, is SickKids’ plan to:

  • Build an inspired hospital of the future,
  • Transform how we deliver care, enabling our staff, physicians and researchers to do their best work; and
  • Empower patients and families to be partners in their care.

Learn more about what guides us: all stages of our planning process follow our Core Principles.

Our core principles

Learn more about what guides us: all stages of our planning process follow our core principles (pdf).

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Outstanding Child & Family-centred Care

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Inspired Workplace & Learning Environment

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Latest news

  • On September 15, 2020, we erected a large tower crane that will be with us until the Patient Support Centre is complete - signifying our progress as we start building upward.
  • Since last year, when we broke ground on our Patient Support Centre (our educational, research and administrative tower), crews have been busy on the site to prepare to build up. On June 25, 2020, we reached a new milestone as we started to lay the foundation.
  • Follow our transformation on Twitter using #SKTransforms.
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October 22, 2019

A new phase begins: Patient Support Centre groundbreaking

A new SickKids is rising – we recently broke ground on the new Patient Support Centre, the first critical phase of our campus redevelopment, Project Horizon.

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June 27, 2019

Premier Doug Ford visits SickKids

Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited SickKids with Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Laurie Scott, the Minister of Infrastructure and Robin Martin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health.

June 3, 2019

Peter Gilgan Foundation donates $100 million – largest single gift ever to SickKids

Peter Gilgan Foundation donates gift of $100 million, the largest single gift ever to SickKids. The donation will support the SickKids VS Limits campaign, a key element of which involves building a new patient care tower on University Avenue, which will be named the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower.

Rendering of the exterior of Patient Support Centre showing people walking outside a glass design building with bright colours and foot traffic on bridge connecting to hospital

Development phases

There are three main phases of the redevelopment:

1. Patient Support Centre

The Patient Support Centre (PSC) is a new 22 storey educational, training, and administrative tower and critical first step on our way to a new hospital.

  • Intended to be a collaboration hub – consolidating staff from leased spaces and saving on costs
  • Targeted to comply with Well building standards, meaning fresh air and access to natural light for all staff
  • New simulation and training spaces to keep our staff on the leading edge of paediatric medicine
Rendering of Patient Support Centre tower shown on corner of Elizabeth and Elm Streets, next to existing Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning tower. A date of 2022 on the rendering indicates the tower will be completed in 2022.

Patient Support Centre completion (est. 2022)

Patient Support Centre completion (est. 2022)

2. Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower

A new acute care hospital tower that will help us continue to provide some of the best paediatric care in the world. Learn more about the Peter Gilgan Foundation's historic donation to SickKids.

  • Addition of 144 beds to meet the demands of modern, family-centred care (totalling 430 beds)
  • More (approximately 120, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit included) critical care beds built as single patient rooms to improve infection prevention and patient privacy for better outcomes. 
  • A new blood and marrow transplant unit with specialized ventilation systems to ensure Ontario’s sickest children are receiving the highest quality of care. 95 per cent of solid organ and bone marrow transplants in Ontario are performed at SickKids. 
  • Approximately 19 operating suites, where space will be adaptable to accommodate new technologies and procedures – ~3 more than our current capacity. 
  • A new, Emergency Department featuring 51 treatment spaces – 12 more than what we currently have. 
Rendering showing the Patient Care Centre will be built at the corner of Gerrard Street and University Avenue, which includes the current Hill and Black Wings. A date of 2029 indicates the centre will be completed in 2029.

Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower completion (est. 2029)

Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower completion (est. 2029)

3. Renovations

Renovations to the remaining hospital building (atrium) to support new and renovated outpatient clinics.

Rendering of completed Project Horizon redevelopment on the current campus, which shows Burton Wing and atrium renovations on the current hospital site. A date of 2030 indicates atrium renovations will be completed in 2030.

Renovations to atrium (est. 2031)

Renovations to atrium completion (est. 2031)

Rendering of new hospital neonatal intensive unit room. The room is bright with big windows and a chair for a mom with a baby to sit in.

Why are we doing this?

The redevelopment will result in the renewal or renovation of virtually all clinical care and support areas of the hospital. Specifically, we are looking to:


  • inpatient hospital beds and treatment spaces
  • capacity for clinical supports such as laboratory, medical imaging and pharmacy
  • outpatient clinic space


  • new spaces that will allow for the integration of emerging healthcare technologies and expand our ability to provide virtual care


  • the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations
  • the healing environment for patients and families
  • air filtration/ventilation to more effectively reduce the risk of infection
  • teaching, research and administrative space

Contact us

We look forward to sharing our journey of redevelopment with you. Please direct any questions or concerns to

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