The McGill University Health Centre superhospital may end up costing more than its current $1.3 billion dollar price tag.

Sources have told Radio-Canada's investigative program Enquête that engineering firm SNC-Lavalin may claim an additional $191.5 million for the project.

Sources also told Enquête that the bulk of that sum — $171 million — is for work that is not considered to be part of the initial contract with the MUHC — such as building a bridge linking the hospital to its parking lot.

The engineering giant may also claim an additional $21.5 million for work stoppages at the site.

Internal note

Radio-Canada obtained an internal note that was sent to the provincial government in December.

It indicated that SNC-Lavalin thought the project was delayed with work stoppages because of slow decision-making by the MUHC.

The note also said that the health ministry should expect a bigger bill.

The sources who spoke to Radio-Canada said the matter is still under discussion.

No one from the MUHC or SNC-Lavalin would comment.