BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North


A healing environment.

The BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North is part of the Northern Cancer Control Strategy, a partnership of the BC Cancer Agency, Northern Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority. The project team worked under the public-private partnership model to deliver the facility, with Plenary Health and PCL Constructors.

Located in Prince George, the Centre provides essential treatment services and a supporting healing environment to the residents of Northern B.C. The facility has a medicinal healing garden and a rooftop patio area for patients, families and staff, and natural light is a key element of the design. Reflecting its location and the Aboriginal presence in the region, the design of the Centre for the North is influenced by the regional culture and community, evident in the landscaping, artwork and overall design aesthetic.

The facility’s design reflects the importance of wood as a key building material by incorporating several large-scale wood elements, including cedar cladding and a timber canopy at the main entrance. Western Red Cedar is used on the exterior; the interior features linear wood wall panels. The rounded heavy timber post-and-beam construction at the main entrance canopy reflects the traditional architecture of the Northern B.C. First Nations, welcoming patients and families into its healing environment.

Project Cost



54,000 sq ft


Sept 2012

Sustainable Features

  • LEED Gold
  • Green roof captures rainwater and provides insulation
  • Efficient plumbing fixtures reduce potable water use by 30%
  • Electricity supplied by renewable energy sources
  • Energy consumption 38% below typical building
  • Local and recycled materials favoured

Related News

Cancer Care opens in Northern B.C.

Jul 23, 2012


Gold Award for Infrastructure, 2012

CCPPP National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships

Silver Award, 2012

Vancouver Regional Construction Association

“Today’s opening is a significant milestone for northern B.C. because we can now provide cancer treatment closer to home. Patients in this region can be surrounded by the support of their friends and families so they can focus on a successful recovery.”

Christy Clark



BC Cancer Agency / Provincial Health Services Authority / Northern Health Authority


Prince George, BC