Edmonton Superlab Officially Cancelled

Edmonton Superlab Officially Cancelled

Construction was underway on the $595 million lab hub project and the government estimates $23 million was spent before the project was cancelled.

The cancellation also means the government will no longer buy out DynaLife for $50 million to end the contract early. 

“We’re standing by our commitment to cancel the expensive and disruptive superlab project and the ideologically driven plan to nationalize DynaLife,” said Health Minister Tyler Shandro in a news release. 

“We’re going to put patients at the centre of the health system and invest health-care dollars where they’re most needed to strengthen our publicly funded health system and deliver better results for Albertans," he added. 

In April, the government announced it would pause construction on the site while it reviewed the project. 

NDP Health Critic David Shepherd said his government signed the superlab contract to follow through with advice from the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s recommendation to bring diagnostic testing under a single lab service provider.

Andrew Neuner, HQCA CEO, said the recommendations to bring diagnostic testing under a single, public entity are still valid.

"The evidence still exists to support that," he said. "We respect the government has to balance a variety of priorities and funding ability in order to move forward with it but it doesn't change the evidence."

Article by: Catherine Griwkowsky, Taproot Edmonton