Caisse de dépôt provides $75 mln in growth funding to Medavie

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has provided $75 million in subordinated debt financing to Medavie Inc, a Moncton, New Brunswick-based provider of not-for-profit health solutions in Canada.

The Canadian pension system said the financing could be increased to $100 million.

Medavie operates Medavie Blue Cross, a benefits carrier and public health program administrator, as well as Medavie Health Services, a provider of ambulance services, medical communications, community health solutions and clincial training.

The financing’s proceeds will be used by the Medavie to pursue growth initiatives.


CDPQ provides financing to Medavie Inc. to support advancement of strategic objectives

La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (“CDPQ”) today announced $75 million in financing, which could be increased to $100 million, in the form of a subordinated private debt, to Medavie Inc. (“Medavie”), a Canadian non-profit organization.

Medavie operates Medavie Blue Cross, a premier all-in-one insurance carrier that provides health, dental, travel, life and disability benefits, and administers various government-sponsored health programs, along with Medavie Health Services.

“As a leading health solutions partner in Canada, we are continually reinvesting in our business to help improve the wellbeing of Canadians,” said Bernard Lord, CEO, Medavie. “Our financials are strong and trending for continued growth, and we are pleased to work with CPDQ on an investment structure that best suits our overall needs.”

This transaction, structured directly by CDPQ, will provide Medavie with additional capital as it continues to advance its growth initiative.

“Because of its resilience to economic cycles and the stable returns it generates over a long-term horizon, the insurance sector is perfectly in line with our credit strategy,” said Marc Cormier, Executive Vice-President, Fixed Income, at CDPQ. “CDPQ is delighted to support Medavie, a high-quality organization that has diversified its services to provide health care solutions across Canada.”

In addition to its interests in certain Québec insurers, CDPQ carried out major transactions in this sector abroad in the past few years, with investments in Greenstone in Australia, USI and Sedgwick in the United States, and U.K.-based Hyperion Insurance Group.

Medavie is a national health solutions partner. Together, with our more than 6,400 employees, we are committed to improving the wellbeing of Canadians.

As a not-for-profit organization, Medavie oversees Medavie Blue Cross, a premier all-in-one benefits carrier and public health program administrator, and Medavie Health Services, a national primary health care solutions organization and the largest private provider of EMS management services in Canada.

We don’t have shareholders. Instead, we are proud to invest in the Medavie Health Foundation to address some of our country’s most pressing physical and mental health care challenges.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at December 31, 2018, it held CA$309.5 billion in net assets. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @LaCDPQ or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.