Sunnybrook is building a new helipad on the roof of M-Wing on our Bayview Campus. The new helipad will improve access to Canada's largest trauma centre and to our program for high-risk mothers and babies.

Critically ill and severely injured patients — who arrive from all over Ontario — will gain valuable minutes in getting to the life-saving care they need.

About our trauma centre

Sunnybrook’s Level 1 Tory Regional Trauma Centre is the largest in Canada

Our trauma centre sees approximately 2,000 patients every year.

Each trauma patient is looked after by a highly specialized trauma team.

Our trauma centre was the first of its kind in Canada. It opened in 1976.

Our current helipad

Currently, an air ambulance arrival at Sunnybrook requires a high level of coordination. Patients are unloaded from the helicopter and then loaded into the waiting ground ambulance. They are then transported about 500 meters to the emergency department from the helipad.

About 20 to 25 per cent of our 2,000 trauma cases arrive by helicopter every year. Patients can arrive directly from on-scene trauma or as transfers from over 80 referring hospitals across Ontario.

Patients have been arriving at Sunnybrook by air ambulance for almost 40 years.

Our future helipad

Future helipad

The new helipad will be located on top of the hospital’s M-Wing on our Bayview Campus. The platform will measure 75 feet by 75 feet, and it will link to an elevator core via a covered tunnel to protect patient and paramedics from the weather.

Two elevators will enable quick and more efficient access to care areas like the trauma room, critical care, operating suites, high-risk birthing and premature newborn critical care.

The helipad project has been funded almost entirely by donors, primarily the Gelato Cup Golf Tournament.

Why it matters: a patient's story


In 2013, Kerry was one of hundreds of people treated at Sunnybrook's Ross Tilley Burn Centre. Like many others, he arrived by helicopter to receive care at this world-class institution, the largest burn centre in Canada.

The medical teams at Sunnybrook "gave my life back," he says.

Read Kerry's story

Construction timeline

Construction will begin in July 2018 and will continue for approximately one year.

Flight path

We are currently investigating strategies to maintain the current flight path (approach from the east). The flight path can change depending on weather conditions. On average, there are three landings per day.

Noise impact


Extensive noise and vibration studies have been conducted to assess impact on the hospital and the surrounding community. 

Noise levels are predicted to be equivalent to what they are currently and equivalent to street noise from Bayview Avenue.


Saving lives

Ultimately the new helipad is about life-saving care, and providing the very best care for patients with traumatic injuries.

The ‘golden hour’ is a term used frequently in trauma care as it refers to the first 60 minutes following a traumatic injury, which are the most vital in determining a patient’s outcome. The more quickly a trauma patient can be seen by a trauma team within the first 60 minutes, the more his or her chances of survival improve.

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