The Government of Saskatchewan has announced that it will invest an additional $20m in the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan.

The original project scope included the construction of a 152-bed children’s hospital. The additional $20m will add 24 inpatient beds for a total of 176 private inpatient beds.

The extra funding will increase the size of the hospital by 11%, or 38,000ft², and will bring the total investment to $235.5m.

Health Minister Dustin Duncan said that increasing the number of beds will ensure that hospital can meet the needs of infants, children and mothers, now and into the future.

"We need to get the size of the facility right to reflect our province’s growing population," Duncan added.

The extra invest ensures that the hospital will cater to the needs of an all-time high of more than 1.1 million people living in the province since the hospital’s early design in 2011.

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"We need to get the size of the facility right to reflect our province’s growing population."

Saskatoon Regional Health Authority Board Chair Jim Rhode said the organisation is grateful for the provincial government’s commitment and support in ensuring that the hospital is designed and built for the future.

"We have worked to do our due diligence in ensuring the hospital is the right size before the shovels hit the ground and we started construction," Rhode added.

The addition of 24 new beds to the construction plan will set the project back five months with the completion date now set for 2017.

Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan president and CEO Brynn Boback-Lane said that the Foundation understands that major projects such as building a children’s hospital are complex.

"We are grateful that our donors have been very generous and patient and we are all mindful that with the recent increase in our province’s population, it is prudent to ensure that this facility is able to meet new demands within pediatric and maternal care," Boback-Lane added.

"The Foundation is steadfast in our support to fundraise for this hospital and confident in the project moving forward, to ensure that Saskatchewan has an efficient Children’s Hospital for every child and family that will need it."