HP hospital land not sold, says Alberta government

Chris Clegg

South Peace News

Turns out one word has caused much ado about nothing.

The land on which the old High Prairie Health Complex was on was not sold, rather transferred from one department of the Alberta government to another: to Alberta Health Services (AHS) from Alberta Infrastructure.

The government published on its Alberta Government Infrastructure Properties Being Considered for Future Sales and Currently for Sale – November 2022 that the land was “sold”. It prompted many questions from the High Prairie community including the price, buyer, why it was not advertised for sale, and why town council and the community was not consulted as promised regarding the future of the 10.46-acre site.

Alberta Infrastructure responded to questions from South Peace News about what happened. They recapped the process.

In 2017, a new hospital opened replacing the old hospital. The old hospital stood vacant. In Budget 2021, the government approved capital funding for the demolition of the old hospital. To complete demolition, Alberta Health Services transferred ownership of the site to Alberta Infrastructure, who handed the project. A contract was awarded to Roadbridge Services of Edmonton, who completed demolition and reclamation in 2022.

“Alberta Infrastructure has since returned it back to AHS and the site is currently owned by AHS,” reads an email to South Peace News from Alberta Infrastructure.

“(AHS) will work with Alberta Infrastructure to change the description of ‘sold’ and instead use the term ‘transferred’ cites the news release.

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