Our goal is to help patients and families experience the best end of life possible. Construction of Halifax’s first hospice residence for Nova Scotian patients and families is well underway at 618 Francklyn Street in Halifax. The new hospice residence will open on April 8, 2019.

The hospice residence will cost $6.5 million to build. Hospice Halifax secured a $5 million repayable loan to start construction, financing that must be repaid in full. Our pledged donations from private partners and community members – including the generous $1 million gift from the J & W Murphy Foundation announced on February 26, 2019 – total $5.5 million.

There’s more work to be done to raise the $1 million needed to finish the project. Hospice Halifax is working hard with prospective donor partners and community members to make this happen.

In the meantime, our work continues diligently. We have hired 25 new clinical staff members. About 120 volunteers will have completed their training to work in the hospice residence. We’re planning opening events and making sure everything’s ready for patients and families when they arrive.

Construction Updates

February 26, 2019 Tile flooring is being placed on all levels of the hospice residence. Bathroom and light fixtures are being installed and patient rooms are being painted. Outside, the sidewalks and concrete pads are being laid, and Equitone, a specialty finish, continues to be installed next to doorways, windows, and brick surfaces.


February 11, 2019

There are painters on site and patient rooms and hallways are being painted. The elevator is installed and electrical work is finishing. Working is onging to lay tile on patient floors and walls. The concrete for sidewalks is being poured. Equitone, a specialty finish on the outside of the building, is starting to be installed.


January 7, 2019

The building passed a inspection and now has permanent power hooked up. Brick work on the outside continues, and drywall mounting on the inside is finishing. The elevator is being installed.


December 2018

Great progress has been made on the outside on the building! On the outside, the brick work on the front of the building is complete and the curb and paving is done on the right side of the building. Inside, the fire stopping is finishing up, the drywall is close to completion on the second floor, the spray insulation is almost done, and the elevator is currently being installed.


November 6, 2018

Interior work continues: drywall has been mounted from ceiling to floor. Permanent power — heat for the building as construction continues — will be installed soon. Crews are installing siding on the outside of the building now.


October 4, 2018

The building is now ‘weathertight’ and tradespeople are arriving on site to install systems and equipment for the hospice residence.


September 6, 2018

Windows will be arriving soon…we’ll have multiple lifts and teams putting the windows in place.


August 3, 2018

A hospice residence decked in orange! The Wrap Shield Integrated Tape will provide waterproofing for the exterior walls.


July 12, 2018

The roof is on and the windows will be installed in the next two weeks. Plumbers and electricians are on site and construction is rapidly progressing!


June 28, 2018

The house is really starting to take shape! The structure for the storeys and the walls are well in place.


May 14, 2018

With winter behind us, construction progress will accelerate. The foundations are complete, structural steel is up, the elevator shaft is in, and framing is underway. Over the next six to eight weeks, people viewing the site will see the building really take shape.


March 23, 2018

The foundation is complete, the structural steel is currently being erected, and the framing will start shortly. Until now, most of the work has occurred below ground, but driving by soon you’ll see a noticeable difference as the building takes shape on the foundation.


February 9, 2018

The foundation is nearly complete! Framing and the floor of the structure will be installed in the next two weeks.


January 6, 2018

The construction site fared well overall during yesterday’s storm. Construction continued today after a bit of tidying.


December 8, 2017

Framing for the hospice residence will start in January: a rainy fall season has pushed back the schedule. Because of the weather, there will be an occasional Saturday when construction work will take place, in keeping with HRM guidelines. No construction work will take place between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


November 8, 2017

Work on the foundation framing continues.


October 16, 2017

Wood blocking is being put in place for the foundation. Hospice Halifax announces hospice residence construction. View today’s news release.


September 15, 2017

The new hospice residence site on Francklyn Street has been cleared to make way for building. Excavation is nearly complete. We anticipate framing and pouring for the foundation walls and elevator shaft will take place over the next three weeks or so, finishing around Thanksgiving.


August 23, 2017

Our first step forward is complete! We’re now getting ready to build on site. Timbers from the former buildings at 618 and 620 Francklyn Street will be reused in the new hospice residence — they might be refashioned into planters and benches in our landscape design, for example.


August 19, 2017

The abatement process for 620 Francklyn Street continues until next week.


July 28, 2017

Some traffic control posts will be installed in the vicinity of the new hospice development in the week of July 30, 2017. As per HRM bylaws, Hospice Halifax is required to post this signage during construction.

The traffic plan map shows the signage that will be attached to light posts on McCulloch Ct. and Pinehill Dr. and to posts inserted in nearby grassy areas. Light posts that have signage will be wrapped with material in advance to ensure they are undamaged by the installation.

When development is completed (or when the signage is no longer required) the signage company will come back, remove the signage and the posts, and fill in the small holes created by the posts in the grassy areas.