FIRST FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
Despite modest intentions, construction costs for the Institut’s new building soon surpass budget forecasts. In light of the upcoming universal exhibition of 1967 (Expo ’67) and the creation of Montréal’s first metro lines, the construction industry is in a state of euphoria. To bridge the gap between the grant from the provincial ministry of Health and the rising construction costs, the Institut launches its first fundraising campaign with a major donation from the McConnell Foundation, one of its very first donors. The federal government will also allocate $1.4 million for the purchase of scientific equipment under the Medical Care Act of 1966, which established funding for health care.
Construction work begins in January 1966, with a shovel-turning ceremony held with Eric Kierans, the federal minister of Health at the time.
In March 1967, Dr. Genest’s team moves into a new three-storey building with 12 laboratories, an outpatient clinic, a clinical pharmacology unit and auxiliary services. Looking ahead with confidence, the director planned an architectural structure that could support additional storeys to be added in an eventual expansion. The following year, in the same spirit, he negotiates an option to purchase adjacent land belonging to the Hospitalières de Saint-Joseph.