The 5,000 square metre facility will offer radiation therapy for the first time in northern B.C., as well as chemotherapy, patient and family counselling, nutrition support, and other cancer services. At the official opening yesterday, Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond explained how having a centre closer to home will will reduce cost and travel time and keep them close to their support network.

“Northerners have been waiting decades for a cancer centre. The opening today means  that we will finally be able to have expanded cancer-care options closer to home. I am so grateful that patients will be able to be surrounded by their families and friends as they wage their battle with cancer.”

The $91.5 million facility also has many “green” features, like plants on its roof intended to capture rainwater and insulate the building.

It’s expected the centre will serve more than 750 patients a year.