Government has issued a request for proposals for the QEII New Generation Project, which will allow the three companies vying to win the contract for the new Community Outpatient Centre in Bayers Lake, Halifax Regional Municipality, to develop their bid. The request for proposal for the design, build, financing and maintenance of the new centre had been issued to the three successful bidders announced in May. The bidders include Bird Integrated Health Partners, Community Health Partners and EllisDon Infrastructure Healthcare. The bidders will now start preparing their proposals for the new Community Outpatient Centre. The deadline for submissions is February 2020. The successful bidder is expected to be announced in spring 2020. A similar request for supplier qualifications for the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre has been issued and a short list is anticipated later this month. This expansion includes the construction of the new QEII Cancer Centre, outpatient centre, inpatient centre, including hospital beds and operating rooms, and the new innovation and learning centre. The QEII New Generation project is a once in a generation opportunity that will better meet the health-care needs of Nova Scotians. Along with the Community Outpatient Centre in Bayers Lake and the expansion of the Halifax Infirmary site, the QEII New Generation project also includes the expansion and renovations of Dartmouth General Hospital and new and renovated operating rooms at Hants Community Hospital in Windsor. This work will allow services to be moved out of the aging Centennial and Victoria buildings on the Victoria General site, to prepare for their eventual closure. For updates on the QEII New Generation Project, visit healthredevelopment.novascotia.ca/ .