Evaluation of Bidding Teams

Evaluation of Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Responses

Each RFQ response was structured as six packages:

  • Respondent team composition, structure, governance and experience
  • Infrastructure development capability and experience
  • Design capability and experience
  • Rail operations, commercial management & customer service delivery experience
  • Experience and approach – working with Indigenous Peoples
  • Financial capability and experience

Six separate expert evaluation committees, one per package, evaluated each package independently and prepared anonymized evaluation reports. An evaluation review committee then reviewed the anonymized evaluation reports from all evaluation committees to ensure completeness and consistency.

Graphic shows that six separate expert evaluation committees, one per package, evaluated each package. A Relationship Review Committee and a Fairness Monitor were involved.
Graphic shows that six separate expert evaluation committees, one per package, evaluated each package. A Relationship Review Committee and a Fairness Monitor were involved.

Evaluation of Request for Proposals (RFP) Responses

A private-sector development partner will be chosen based on its demonstrated capacity to deliver the High Frequency Rail project with the best benefits for Canadians. It will be asked to present its analysis for a technically and commercially feasible solution, along with a business plan and management plan for the co-development, construction, and operations phases of the HFR project.
The Government of Canada will also be looking for:

  • how the solutions meet or exceed the project outcomes;
  • understanding of the project and its associated risks;
  • partnership and collaborative strategies for Indigenous Peoples; and
  • readiness and capacity to proceed.

This strategy will drive respondents to maximize project outcome

The RFP was issued to the three qualified bidding teams. Learn more.

Fairness Monitor

As is the case for the entire project, the selection of candidates was overseen by a fairness monitor. This independent consultant acts as an objective, third-party observer, who monitors the procurement process to ensure that it is conducted in a fair manner, and consistent with the processes set out in the RFQ and RFP.

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