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Barrette officially annouces Vaudreuil-Soulanges to get long-awaited hospital

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WATCH ABOVE: The provincial government has passed a decree to expropriate 250,000 square meters of land for the future Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital. Global's Billy Shields reports – Apr 4, 2016

VAUDREUIL-SOULANGES – One of Canada’s fastest-growing municipalities is getting a hospital.

Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette made it official Monday afternoon in front of the 250,000 square-metre site.

The land is currently zoned agricultural, but it hasn’t been farmed in three generations.

It sits at the intersection of Autoroute 40 and Route 340.

This empty field will be the home of the new Vaudreuil Hospital, Monday, April 4, 2016. Billy Shields / Global News

“The sticker price will clock in around $800 million, and it could be a public-private partnership,” Barrette said, adding that the province will pay careful attention to cost overruns.

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The Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital will serve a population of about 150,000.

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Some people currently travel all the way to Hawkesbury, Ontario for care.

The estimate is that builders won’t finish the structure sooner than around eight-and-a-half years.

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