Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford

Replacing the original hospital built in 1939, the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford (SHNB) is a state-of-the art psychiatric facility with an integrated secure unit.



P3 contract value:
$407 million

Estimated cost without P3:
$497 million

$90 million (18%)

All figures in 2015 dollars.


Ministry of Central Services

Prairie North Health Region/Saskatchewan Health Authority

Private partner:
Access Prairies Partnership

Kasian Architecture (Calgary)

Graham Design-Builders (Saskatoon)

Graham Design-Builders (Saskatoon)


Projected economic impact:
1500 construction jobs

Sask companies in design/construction:
28 (58%)

Percentage of construction dollars to Sask companies:

April 2014

October 2014

Contract signed:
September 2014

March 2019

New SHNB is among the most advanced mental health treatment centres in Canada. 

It is designed to make patients feel as if they're at home rather than in a hospital.  Overlooking the beautiful North Saskatchewan river valley, patients have their own rooms and bathrooms for quiet time or can join their friends in many of the naturally-lit common spaces.

Integrated into the 284 bed facility are 96 secure beds for offenders needing mental health care.  It represents a major step forward in breaking the cycle of crime and victimization.  The two populations will remain separate.

"100 years ago, society thought very differently of those who needed mental health care.  The old building reflects that thinking.  New SHNB is very different.  It's not an institution, it's a home.  It will feel like living in a healing and therapeutic environment, not a hospital.  With SHNB, Saskatchewan will be a model for the rest of Canada." – Derek Miller, VP Finance & Operations, Prairie North Health Region

Additional Documents:

Fairness Advisor Report 1

Fairness Advisor Report 2

Ernst & Young Value for Money Report