Building or renovating a facility

Facilities must adhere to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z8000 standard for the planning, design and construction of health-care facilities.


You should involve the College and an interdisciplinary design team (IDT) of experts in the planning process before a space is purchased or leased and before building permits are submitted. You run the risk of not being able to offer the scope and extent of services you had intended if you don’t contact the College and involve an experienced healthcare IDT first.

Interdisciplinary design team (IDT)

An IDT is usually comprised of the following experts who are experienced in hospital or ambulatory medical-surgical facility design:

  • architect
  • infection control professional
  • functional planners
  • engineers
  • construction professionals

Review relevant policies

We advise you to review these specific NHMSFAP policies before starting your renovations.

For new construction to a facility

Renovations and New Construction to a Facility policy

New construction requires establishing an interdisciplinary design team

Interdisciplinary Design Team Membership policy

Looking for more information?

Request for a new facility information package

Learn more about the College’s expectations of accredited private medical/surgical facilities
Learn more about the appointment process required for all medical staff in facilities
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