St. Catharines offers an impressive health and wellness network driven by public and private organizations, research resources and academic institutions.
Focus on Healthcare
Highlighted by a new state-of-the-art hospital, as well as recent investments by Brock University, Niagara College and McMaster University, the healthcare sector is among the fastest growing industries in the city today.
A critical mass of healthcare assets is coming together in St. Catharines, through the Niagara Health System, Brock University’s Cairns Family Health and Biosciences Research Complex, Brock’s incubation spaces, and McMaster University’s medical campus.
The next steps are to strengthen collaboration and networks and to build a critical mass through partnerships in the Hamilton-Niagara-Buffalo corridor.
An Emerging, Growing Cluster
1 Billion Dollars Invested - 1 Million Sq. Ft. of Care
New St. Catharines Hospital
- 980,000-square-foot LEED Silver certified complex
- cancer center, including three radiation bunkers
- mental health center with long-term mental health beds
- 80% of rooms are private
- 375 beds, healing gardens, ponds, and walking paths
Grow an innovative healthcare sector
Retain & Strengthen
Retain and strengthen the presence of existing firms via the city’s corporate calling program.
Collaborate & Build Networks
Create/collaborate and build networks that can identify and commercialize products and processes and assist with the growth of a healthcare science cluster surrounding the existing hospital, given appropriately zoned lands.
Identify New Opportunities
Partnerships may include McMaster University, Niagara Health System, Brock University, Niagara College, Buffalo-Niagara and Niagara Region, who can all speak to and help identify new opportunities and trends.
Articulate & Promote
Articulate and promote the case for St. Catharines, as part of the Buffalo-Niagara-Hamilton corridor, to be a hub that facilitates access to both the U.S. and Canadian markets and exports to Europe spurred by the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
Retain & Attract Healthcare Professionals
Regular qualitative evaluations of the level and evolution of collaboration among representatives of the key stakeholders
Contacts and leads generated
- A GATEWAY TO EUROPE
Canada and Europe have similar approval regimes, giving nearby U.S. firms experience and precedents before tackling the European market.
- BROCK UNIVERSITY ASSETS
- Cairns Family Health & Bioscience Research Complex
- Incubation expansions plans
- Promising breakthroughs by Canada Research Chair holders
The new Binational Research & Innovation Corridor (BRIC) links universities and healthcare with nearby $1 billion in annual research spending.
- SOFT LANDING SPACE OPTIONS
- To nurture start-ups, ideally with laboratory space
- $19 million BrockLINC facility