RFP: Private partner wanted to redevelop post-industrial island into health facilities for indigenous community in Canada

On January 31, 2022, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a team to deliver the WAHA Redevelopment Project on Moose Factory Island.

The redevelopment project involves the construction of a new hospital, Elder Care Lodge, visitor hostel and staff accommodations in Moosonee as well as a new Ambulatory Care Centre.

These modern facilities will support WAHA in providing exceptional, culturally appropriate, health care to patients and clients living along Ontario’s James Bay and Hudson Bay coasts, many of whom are Indigenous.

The successful bidder at the conclusion of the RFP process would then work in collaboration with IO and WAHA, under a Development Phase Agreement, to further define and refine project requirements, and design, pricing, and risk parameters.

The RFP is the first step in IO’s new progressive procurement approach, which will enable the participation of a long-term, sustainable market of qualified firms, competing to deliver projects through more collaborative means.

A fairness monitor will oversee the RFP process, which includes:

  • Qualifying teams with demonstrated ability and experience, and that meet financial capacity requirements, which will then proceed to the subsequent phase of the RFP process, thereby receiving bid documents and an invitation to attend commercially confidential meetings.
  • Submissions by qualified teams of design development, construction management and project controls plans for the Development Phase, financing plan and the price of the developer’s design and preconstruction services during the Development Phase.

Upon completion of the Development Phase, it is expected that the development partner would enter into a fixed-price, public-private partnership (P3) agreement to design, build, and finance the Project.

Interested companies must register with www.merx.com to download the RFP and participate in the first phase of the process.

IO and WAHA are working with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Indigenous Services Canada to deliver the project.

The RFP process is expected to close in summer 2022, after which IO and WAHA will evaluate the submissions and select a partner to enter into a Development Phase Agreement for the Development Phase.

See IO’s WAHA Redevelopment webpage.

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