Brock CHC Breaks Ground on its New Home

June 7, 2022

Yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony marked a significant milestone in the construction project for Brock Community Health Centre’s new home.

Approximately 100 area residents, local officials, donors, architect and construction representatives, and Brock CHC Board members and staff were on hand Monday to celebrate the official ground breaking of the new health facility at 39 Cameron Street West in Cannington.  The new building will bring together Brock CHC’s current services and programs, specifically, Primary Health Care, Diabetes Education, Geriatric Assessment and Community Development and Health Promotion, and will provide a community health hub for Durham’s northern communities, increasing access to allied health care services and community organizations.

Ailan McKenzie, Senior Healthcare Architect at Lett Architects and Project Lead, was one of the honorary guest speakers at the event.  “I’ve had the privilege of working with Brock Community Health Centre on this project since the beginning of its coordination, and I’m honoured to be here to celebrate the next step in realizing their dream of having their own, purpose-built building.”

“Years of hard work and the generosity of our donors and community supporters has brought us to this exciting stage,” stated John Grant, Chair of the Brock CHC Board of Directors.  “I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief to know that construction of the new facility is finally happening.”

The building is being constructed by JJ McGuire General Contractors Inc., one of the largest general contractors in Durham Region, with several local employees and sub-contractors involved in the project.  “J.J. McGuire is proud to partner with both Lett Architects and Brock CHC to undertake the construction of this needed and well-deserved community health center,” stated Jeff Robinson, President.  “We will do our best to work with local suppliers, sub-trades and workers to give back to the region and community.”

Brock CHC recognizes that the building will be constructed on the Williams Treaty Territories, on the land of the Mississaugas and Chippewas.  Construction is expected to take approximately 18 months, with occupancy expected in December 2023.

Groundbreaking at the new site location
(Pictured left to right: Janet McPherson, Executive Director of Brock CHC; MPP Laurie Scott, John Grant, Brock CHC Board Chair; Regional Chair John Henry; Jeff Robinson, President of JJ McGuire General Contractors Inc., Ailan McKenzie, Senior Healthcare Architect and Project Lead of Lett Architects)

Features of the New Brock CHC:

The new state-of-the-art facility, approximately 19,000 square feet in total, will feature:

  • a multi-purpose room with a teaching kitchen to facilitate fitness and health education programs and community events
  • seniors programming space; youth programming space
  • offices for community partners to provide accessible services to Brock Township
  • 2 dental operatories to bring the Region of Durham’s Oral Health Programs to north Durham
  • a community terrace garden that will yield fresh produce for our clients
  • wheelchair accessible and barrier-free spaces
  • modern clinic floor with 8 new clinic rooms

Contact: Janet McPherson, Executive Director
Phone: 705-432-3322 ext. 110
Email: [email protected]