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The bill for the P3 project to expand and upgrade North America’s oldest hospital now stands at $935 million.

In 2007 the union was told the project would cost $735 million, according to local president Benoît Cloutier. Initial estimates for a publicly-funded project were at $535 million.

Cloutier suspects that when demolion, decontamination and archaeological preseveration project costs are added in, the price will exceed $1 billion.

“If the project had been conducted conventionally, as originally intended, construction would have started in August 2008 and it would be moving ahead full steam,” Cloutier said. “But now, nothing’s moving at Hôtel Dieu.”

In 2008 the hospital’s board voted to conduct the project using conventional financing and construction, but the were overruled by the provincial government.