Canada eyes January tender for High Frequency Rail

The Canadian government has issued an update on its High Frequency Rail P3 project, outlining the procurement timeline and confirming a “high level” of interest in the scheme.

A request for expressions of interest (RFEOI) was issued in March this year, seeking feedback from the industry on the potential for a High Frequency Rail program to deliver a major new rail line under a design, build, finance, operate and maintain model.

Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, has now provided an update on that RFEOI, with a request for proposals now planned to be launched in January 2023.

This would kickstart the project, which aims to provide a new rail connection through Québec City, Trois-Rivières, Montréal, Ottawa, Peterborough and Toronto.

The minister’s update confirmed that the government had received responses from 54 interested parties as part of the RFEOI procedure, which the government said underlined “a high level of domestic and international interest”.

As part of the responses, the government highlighted recommendations for a number of strategic changes to the procurement timelines, including a shortened request for proposals stage.

“Feedback from these parties was critical in making this project even better and will be used to move the next phase of the project forward,” said Alghabra.

To read the update to the RFEOI, click here.