Request for Qualifications

High Frequency Rail Request for Qualifications Information Session for Industry

On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the Government of Canada hosted an information session for High Frequency Rail’s (HFR) Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process at the Centre Mont-Royal in Montreal. There were two events; one in English from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., and one in French from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Both events were live-streamed via Zoom so guests could choose to attend virtually if they preferred. The sessions were hosted by panelists from Transport Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada and the HFR Technical Office. Attendees were given an overview of the procurement process and phases, and had an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the sessions.

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Request for Qualifications

On February 17, 2023, The Government of Canada launched a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). From here, up to three qualified bidders will be invited to respond to the Request for Proposals (RFP). The goal is to ultimately select a partner to co-develop and optimize the project in 2024.

The Request for Qualifications is the next step following the Request for Expressions of Interest that opened in March 2022. The Request for Qualifications launches the formal procurement process and outlines:

  1. The context and features of the High Frequency Rail project (e.g., current challenges in the Corridor, purpose of the project, and objectives);
  2. The procurement process, including the evaluation criteria for proposals, security requirements for candidates, funding support for proposal development during the RFP process, and key principles of the commercial agreement for the execution phase;
  3. The key players in the project (VIA HFR, private developer partner, VIA Rail, Government of Canada) and how they will work together; and
  4. Project outcomes that the private developer partner will be expected to meet or exceed (e.g., shorter journey times, more frequent departures, more reliable service, etc .).

The RFQ document (PDF) is for communication purposes only. For the most up-to-date document and information on the process, please visit Request for Qualifications Posting.

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