Project Delivery

A project of this complexity involves a multi-phased procurement process that leads to the selection of a private partner to co-develop and deliver HFR.

The collaborative approach is intended to promote innovation, drive better service for passengers, reduce risk and improve risk management, and ultimately achieve better value for Canadians.

Key Procurement Milestones

Request for Expressions of Interest

Request for Qualifications

On February 17, 2023, the Government of Canada launched a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The RFQ period closed on April 24, 2023. On July 20, 2023, the Government of Canada qualified three bidding teams to respond to the Request for Proposals. The goal is to select a partner in 2024 to co-develop and optimize the project. Learn more.

Request for Proposals

On October 13, 2023, the Government of Canada issued a Request for Proposals (RFP). Through the RFP, the Government of Canada will select a private-sector partner to collaborate with VIA HFR to optimize the project for a final investment decision by the Government of Canada.

Co-Development Phase

The co-development approach will involve a collaborative model focused on exceeding project outcomes through a long-term integrated approach to operations, asset and risk management. Co-development allows the project to be designed and developed in parallel to the impact assessment process, improving visibility on key metrics and outcomes through direct collaboration.

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Procurement is a multi-year process aimed at achieving better value for Canadians.

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Impact Assessment

The HFR team is committed to meaningful public participation. Engagement activities have already started and will continue throughout each phase of the project, in line with the federal Impact Assessment required under the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Transportation Agency’s review required under the Canadian Transportation Act.

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