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Women’s College Hospital separates from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Date Closed

April 1, 2006

Lead Office


On March 31, 2006, Women’s College Hospital separated from Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre (now known as Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre) after an eight-year merger. As part of this de-merger and effective April 1, 2006, Women’s College Hospital became an independently governed public hospital and Women’s College Hospital Foundation was re-established as its supporting foundation.

Issues in the de-merger included clarifying the rights and obligations of all parties with respect to employee entitlements, including unionized and non-union staff. The merger and the de-merger were both complex transactions involving governmental, public and private stakeholders and the reorganization of multiple bargaining agents, bargaining units, non-unionized staff and executives.

McCarthy Tétrault LLP advised Sunnybrook with a team led by Brian Smeenk.