Let The Expansion Begin!

On August 10, 2023 we put shovels (and an excavator!) in the ground to officially begin building Our New House! Thank you to everyone who shared in the celebration.

As of February 2024, we have successfully installed a rear-entrance and walkway to the hospital to accommodate the changes out front. Though we are losing our existing traffic circle and parking lot, these are necessary changes as we continue to watch the construction and expansion take place.

We need to grow our House to meet the current needs of our community, aiming to eliminate our waitlist. We are adding 22 more suites and new family living spaces. An average year RMHCO can have around 500 family-visits, with this build we will be able to accommodate 1,303 family-visits annually.

We are making room for ALL families who need a home-away-from-home while their child seeks medical care.

Our parcel of land is large enough that we do not have to move to grow, we are 167 steps door-to-door from CHEO. We currently serve families who are too far to commute; many from Cornwall, Pembroke, Timmins, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, and the Canadian North, including Nunavut.

Our carbon-neutral House will be Rick Hansen Foundation Certified, following the highest level of accessibility standards, and built to the LEED Gold standard.



The Federal Government is contributing $9.37 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities Ottawa to help build Our New House! The GICB contribution is part of a five year program for green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public community buildings and construction of new buildings to serve high-needs communities across Canada.



The Government of Ontario grants Ronald McDonald House Charities $3.1 million to help build Our New House! In Chapter One, Section B “Working For You”, Pillar Two “Faster Access to Care”: The government is increasing access to high-quality care for patients across Ontario, including care at children’s hospitals.


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