Vancouver Island Health Authority Transfers Ownership of Property to Capital Regional Hospital District

Apr 26, 2016

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) has entered into an agreement with the Vancouver Island Health Authority to take over ownership of Oak Bay Lodge located at 2251 Cadboro Bay Road in the District of Oak Bay after the facility closes in 2019.

Built in 1972 as a private retirement residence for senior citizens, the 14,300 square meter multi-story brick and concrete building comprises two patient wings with a central connecting wing. In the early 1980’s the building was converted to a long-term care facility and currently provides 235 residential care beds.

The CRHD has identified an interest in using the site for the benefit of the community. The agreement includes a Covenant which provides that the land is to be used for the public good. Replacement of the residential care bed capacity is being planned with completion estimated for early 2019. The Capital Regional District will work with Oak Bay Council to advance ideas and proposals for the site of the current Oak Bay Lodge over the coming years.

The Capital Regional Hospital District provides the local share of capital funding for the region’s publicly-funded health facilities and the purchase of hospital equipment and partners with the Vancouver Island Health Authority to plan and develop health facilities within the Capital Region.

Celebrating 50 years! The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, enhance community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region.

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For CRHD media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492

For Island Health media inquiries, please contact:
Kellie Hudson, Media Relations Manager
Island Health Communications
250.370.8908
Kellie.hudson@viha.ca