Half of Winnipeg’s emergency departments are shutting down as part of a sweeping move by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to slay wait times and find efficiencies in the city’s health system.

A plan announced Friday by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority will see three emergency departments close, leaving Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and Grace Hospital as the primary hospitals offering emergency services in the city.

The emergency departments at Victoria and Seven Oaks will be converted to 24/7 urgent care centres, while Concordia’s department will be closed and no longer provide 24-hour emergency services.