The Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre received a $6.7-million cash infusion to help counter escalating construction costs.
The money will be used to pay for construction costs, which rose from $22 million to $27.3 million since the project began.
The first phase of the project involved the addition of two radiation treatment bunkers, which are now operational. The second phase was put on hold to await the funding announcement. Phase 2 will proceed, and upon completion, will result in a 50 per cent increase in space in the clinic and tumour biology laboratory. The chemotherapy space will also be doubled and additional space for supportive care, cancer prevention and education programs will be constructed.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is providing the funding. The ministry has also committed $18.2 million, and the remaining $9.3 million will come from members of the Sudbury community.