Info Source

Introduction to Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act, and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about them held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

Background

Created in 2012, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Crown corporation which reports to Parliament through the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. As such, WDBA is wholly owned by the Government of Canada but is structured like a private company and operates independently from government.

WDBA will manage the procurement process for the design, build, financing, operation and maintenance of the new bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan through a public-private partnership (P3). WDBA will select the P3 partner and manage the P3 agreement. WDBA is also responsible for project oversight including the actual construction and operation of the new crossing. As the operator of the new bridge, WDBA will set and collect all tolls.

WDBA is led by a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and governed by a board of directors who are responsible for overseeing the business activities and other affairs of WDBA. All Directors are approved by the Government of Canada with the Chair and President/CEO holding office for five years and the directors holding office for up to four years. WDBA is located in Windsor, Ontario.

Responsibilities

Under the terms of its Letters Patent and of the Crossing Agreement, WDBA is responsible for carrying out the obligations of the Crossing Authority as a party to the Crossing Agreement and to construct, and / or operate the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

WDBA’s mission is to construct and / or operate the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, alone or together, with one or more governmental authorities, and to do so directly or under one or more public-private partnership agreements (P3 Agreements) with one or more private sector partners procured through a competitive procurement process as contemplated by the Crossing Agreement.

Governing legislation: WDBA is a non-parent Crown corporation established by Letters Patent pursuant to ss.29(1) of the International Bridges and Tunnels Act. It is a Schedule III, Part I parent Crown corporation under Part X of the Financial Administration Act (FAA).

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Engineering and Operations

This department is committed to project management and oversight of one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America. Engineering and Operations is in charge of managing and overseeing the design, construction, and operation including defining the conceptual design and Technical Requirements of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. The team is tasked with ensuring the safe, secure and sustainable protection of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. In advance of construction of the project components through a public-private partnership, the Engineering and Operations team is delivering Early Works at the Canadian Port of Entry. Early Works is broken into three components: perimeter access road (PAR), advanced fill, and utilities relocation. Environmental work is also required and involves completing site preparation such as species at risk, dust control/particulate monitoring, improvements to the Broadway Drain, archaeology studies and creating records of subsurface site conditions. Engineering and Operations also includes the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Tolling infrastructure that provide an important key to achieving many of today’s transportation objectives.

Description: Includes records related to the design and implementation of the Gordie Howe International Bridge and the infrastructure associated with it. Includes records detailing environmental observation, planning, testing, monitoring, mitigation, and actions. Includes records detailing communications between involved parties (government and private). Includes conceptual and early stage designs for the bridge and the infrastructure associated with it. Includes final construction drawings for portions of the bridge-site as well as work schedules. Includes progress reports related to on-site activities. Includes support documents for contracts with third parties. Includes the management of contracts. Includes financial records, including payment records and invoices. Includes records detailing utility relocation plans and agreements regarding utilities. Records related to the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Includes standards and specifications and spatial information. Includes records related to security, safety, traffic analysis, traffic management, and intelligent transportation systems. Includes records related to landscape architecture and urban design, tolling, railways, non-motorized vehicles, buildings, pavement markings, drainage, roadways, visual quality and lighting. 

Document types: Environmental assessments and reports, quality assurance testing results and monitoring reports, environmental mitigation and monitoring documentation, soil and ground water management, geotechnical and archaeological reports, property surveys, photographs, construction schedules, progress reports, drawings and specifications, approvals and permits, contract management documentation, presentations, correspondence, briefing notes, records chronicling decisions, meeting agendas and minutes, memoranda, procedures and guidelines, utility relocation plans, drawings, specifications and agreements.

Property Acquisition

Responsibilities in this area involve coordinating, analyzing, and reporting on activities related to the US Property Acquisition file. Our Team provides thorough reporting, tracking documents, financial information, presentations, graphics, and analysis of data related to US Property Acquisition activities, as carried out by MDOT. We ensure the file is managed and understood from all angles, from appraisals to acquisition to relocation to environmental investigations to demolition.

Description: Records related to general reporting on progress of MDOT property acquisition. Includes records related to data collection and analysis and the dispersal of funds. Records may include information on parcels provided by MDOT and need by dates.

Document Types: status reports, schedules, spreadsheets, financial logs, meeting minutes with agendas, agreements, presentations, maps, and briefing notes.

Project Delivery

Project Delivery works on the public-private partnership (P3) procurement process, including the Request for proposals (RFP) Open Period, Scheduling, and Risk Management. The RFP Open Period involves working with internal and external stakeholders, supporting the development of the RFP, Project Agreement and related documentation, coordinating the RFP Open Period to facilitate engagement with the Proponents and the evaluation processes that will be necessary (to achieve) through to Financial Close. The Scheduling Team is responsible for the ongoing development and updating of all project-related schedules, including Early Works, US Property Acquisition, and RFP Open Period. Project Delivery also manages the Risk Register that has been developed for the project, including monitoring previously identified Project Risks, identification of new Project Risks and working with various stakeholders to determine appropriate mitigation strategies.

Description
Includes records related to the development and implementation of the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project Request for Proposal. This includes records outlining the document review process, including updates related to all project-related procurement documents and schedules. Includes framework documents for managing the P3 process and handling requests for information during the RFP Open Period. Includes records related to the development and update of a Project Management Plan that defines the project control processes for the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project including a detailed risk register and scheduling.

Document Types
P3 procurement-related documents, scheduling information, risk management documentation, meeting minutes.

Internal Services

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Travel and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

Acquisitions

Acquisition Services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfill a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.

Communications Services

Communications Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public - internal or external - receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

Financial Management Services

Financial Management Services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

Human Resources Management Services

Human Resources Management Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate counter measures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and plans.

Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

Legal Services
Legal Services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

Management and Oversight Services
Management and Oversight Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, or plans.

Corporate & Administrative Services
The services group supports the Board of Directors by providing and coordinating administrative and business management assistance and specialized services, including analyses, audits and strategic advice regarding a variety of business development and management issues related to WDBAs mission, vision, needs and objectives. Also, the group proactively offers leadership, facilitation and mediation support in overseeing the development of corporate policies, programs, standards and procedures. Functions of the group are broad-ranging to match the interests of the Board and the direction of the organization and include: property management; purchasing and office support; employee and stakeholder relations, and; overseeing the setting and consistent application of corporation-wide standards and policies.

Manuals

WDBA at present has no manuals such as instructions, handbooks or procedures used by employees in administering institutional programs that affect the general public.

Additional Information

To make an access to information and privacy request, please complete and forward this form for information requests and this form for privacy requests or your written request to Heather Grondin, WDBA Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator, 100 Ouellette Avenue, 4th floor, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 6T3 or by email at heather.grondin@wdbridge.com. Each request is subject to a $5 application fee made payable to Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority.

Reading Room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act, an area on the premises of this institution has been designated as a public reading room. The address is:

100 Ouellette Ave.
Suite 400
Windsor, Ontario
N9A 6T3