Cost analysis of $2-billion Halifax hospital project to be released, official says

A Nova Scotia deputy minister says a consultant's cost analysis on the estimated $2-billion redevelopment of Atlantic Canada's largest hospital complex will be released, but not yet.

Paul LaFleche says the Department of Infrastructure Renewal won't release the report by Deloitte until pending design and construction bids are evaluated over the coming months.

The government has said the bulk of the redevelopment of Halifax's QEII Health Sciences Centre will be funded through a public-private partnership, although the opposition parties have long called for the report's release in order to evaluate the reasoning for the use of the P3 funding model.

LaFleche told the committee the government believes the current funding option is the best for a quicker build and a better fiscal outcome, although he said if it turns out that's not the case the government is not "ideologically wed to things."

He later clarified for reporters that if the bid numbers don't appear to bring the value for money that a traditional public build would, then the department would have to go back to Treasury Board to discuss a potential reconsideration of how to fund the project.

The project's goal is to move services out of the existing Centennial and Victoria buildings at the Victoria General site in Halifax to prepare for their eventual closure.