Request for Qualifications
The Government of Canada announced July 20, 2023 that it had qualified three bidding teams and would invite them to respond to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the High Frequency Rail project. It is anticipated that the government would publish the RFP September 2023.
In alphabetical order, the three teams appear below:
- Cadence - CDPQ Infra, SNC Lavalin, Systra Canada, Keolis Canada
- Intercity Rail Developers / Développeurs Ferroviaires Interurbains - Intercity Development Partners, EllisDon Capital, Kilmer Transportation, First Rail Holdings, Jacobs, Hatch, CIMA+, RATP Dev Canada, First Group, Renfe Operadora
- Partenaires Ferroviaires QCONNEXION Rail Partners - Fengate, John Laing, Bechtel, WSP, Deutsche Bahn
The RFQ launched the formal procurement process and outlined:
- The context and features of the High Frequency Rail project (e.g., current challenges in the Corridor, purpose of the project, and objectives);
- 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;
- The key players in the project (VIA HFR, private-sector development partner, VIA Rail, Government of Canada) and how they will work together; and
- Project outcomes that the private-sector development partner will be expected to meet or exceed (e.g., shorter journey times, more frequent departures, more reliable service, etc.)
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.
To watch the recorded session, press play on the video.