The Gordie Howe International Bridge project will include a Community Benefits Plan that will have positive impact on communities in Windsor and Detroit and reflects what our stakeholders have told us is important to them.
Community Benefits Development Process
It is anticipated that the Community Benefit Plans developed by the three Proponent teams will reflect the suggestions and input received from stakeholders. The community benefit plans will be submitted to WDBA for evaluation as part of the RFP submission. Once the private-sector partner is selected following the RFP evaluation, the private-sector partner will deliver the plan with stringent oversight from WDBA. It is anticipated that the plan will be implemented during the construction and operation phases of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.
Since 2015, WDBA has received more than 200 suggestions for community benefits from Michigan and Ontario residents, Indigenous Peoples, business owners and community leaders. These suggestions have been shared with the three Proponent teams preparing submissions for the Request for Proposals. Many of these requests fall within five themes:
- Local workforce and training strategies
- Construction impact and operation mitigation measures for nearby residents and businesses
- Community safety and connections
- Aesthetics and landscaping
- Regional economic and community development opportunities
Proponents are currently considering these suggestions as they formulate their Community Benefits Plan as part of their proposal to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge.