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
- On March 10, 2022, the Government of Canada released the Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) and over 50 industry participants expressed interest and provided feedback. The Government used the feedback received to refine the project requirements, the deal structure, and the anticipated procurement and co-development process and timelines.
- On October 31, 2022, the Government issued the RFEOI Update summarizing the key themes stemming from the RFEOI process, and providing additional information, clarifications and adjustments to elements of the procurement process for the HFR project.
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 that it expects to publish in September 2023. The goal is to select a partner in 2024 to co-develop and optimize the project. Learn More
Request for Proposals
Through the Request for Proposals (RFP), expected in September 2023, the Government of Canada will select a private sector partner to collaborate with to optimize the HFR project prior to a final investment decision by the Government of Canada.
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.