From past to future

fusion des hôpitaux

CRCHUM was formed in 1996 by joining three founding hospitals: Hôtel-Dieu, Hôpital Notre-Dame and Hôpital Saint-Luc.

On the photo: The president of Université de Montréal, René Simard, and Minister Jean Rochon sign the agreement creating CHUM. They are surrounded by de Guy Coulombe, chair of the implementation commitee, Chancellor André Bisson, also chair of the board of directors of Hôpital Notre-Dame, Yvon Turcot, chair of the board of directors of Hôpital Saint-Luc, and Denise Lafond, vice-chair of the board of directors of Hôtel-Dieu. 
Credit: Bernard Lambert, Journal Forum, Université de Montréal.

lancement des travaux

On March 25, 2010, the Government of Quebec launched the construction of the Research Centre. This is the first step of the creation of the new CHUM, carried out under a public-private partnership with Accès Recherche Montréal (PPP).

On the photo: Richard Deschamps, responsible for economic development, infrastructures and roads for Ville de Montréal, Dre Marie-Josée Dupuis, Director of Education of CHUM, Jacques Turgeon, Director of CRCHUM, Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services, Jean Charest, Quebec Prime Minister, Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Chair of the Conseil du trésor and Minister responsible for Government Administration, Christian Paire, CEO of CHUM.

inauguration CRCHUM

In October 2013, the Centre opened a new chapter in its history when it opened a new modern research complex in the heart of downtown Montreal. The consolidation of research teams previously scattered across various sites breathed new enthusiasm into the Centre and stimulated productive multidisciplinary collaboration. The recruiting of many world-class researchers also helped position CRCHUM effectively on the world health research stage.

On the photo: Daniel Breton, MNA for Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques, Michel Leblanc, construction project director, Christian Paire, CEO of CHUM, Pierre Duschesne, Minister of Advanced Education, Research, Science and Technology, Dr Réjean Hébert, Minister of Health and Social Services and responsible for Seniors, Jacques Turgeon, Director of CRCHUM.


The construction of the CRCHUM was completed on time and on budget and the project received several honors, in addition to the LEED Gold Certification from the Canada Green Building Council

- Project of the year 2014Project Management Institute – Montreal Chapter, Élixir Contest.
- Best commercial real estate projectReal Estate Awards of Excellence 2014, Montreal Real Estate Forum, Urban Development Institute of Québec.
- Best World Social ProjectInfrastructure investment awards 2012, World Finance.

Video: Construction of the CRCHUM building.


Since September 2015, governance of CHUM has been pooled with that of CHU Sainte-Justine, a mother-child hospital centre. This group facilitates continuity in delivery of care and services for patients of all ages, from infants to adults.

Video: Research in action at the CRCHUM. 


With the opening of the new CHUM in 2017, patients and the public have access to a cutting-edge university hospital complex that conducts research, delivers care and provides teaching at a single site. This new strength create an outstanding environment to accelerate research and innovation serving patients and the public.

Photo: New CHUM in 2017.
Credit: Andrien Williams



Read also (fr)

L’histoire du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)