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Northern P3 infrastructure projects moving forward

Ontario announces updated infrastructure project list
Thunder Bay District Jail Summer
The construction of a new Thunder Bay Correctional Complex, is slated to replace the existing correctional facility (pictured). (TBNewsWatch photo)

A pair of northwestern Ontario public infrastructure projects are among those slated to move forward this spring through the province’s public-private partnership (P3) program.

The province applies the P3 program to major, complex public infrastructure projects that are generally worth more than $100 million.

In its Spring 2020 P3 Market Update, announced on June 18, the province has listed 37 major infrastructure projects that are either in the pre-procurement or active procurement stages.

They include the Thunder Bay Correctional Complex, a design-build-finance-maintain project with an estimated value of $200 million to $499 million.

The 325-bed multi-purpose complex, which will replace Thunder Bay's existing jail and correctional facility, will enhance design efficiency, technology and space.

It will also improve access to programming, living conditions and education, while updating automation and technology.

A request for qualifications (RFQ) was issued in 2018 and a request for proposals (RFP) is scheduled to be issued this coming winter 2021.

Also on the list is the redevelopment of the health campus of the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority in Moosonee/Moose Factory on the Moose Cree First Nation on the coast of James Bay.

According to the timetable, an RFQ on the project, also valued at roughly between $200 million and $499 million, will be issued in 2024, with an RFP slated to be issued in 2025.

Still in the planning stage is the redevelopment of the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora, although the province said details on the delivery model, timing and scope are still being determined.