P3 Procurement

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project will be delivered through a public- private partnership (P3). A public-private partnership is a long-term performance- based approach to procuring public infrastructure where the private sector assumes a major share of the risks in terms of financing and construction and ensuring effective performance of the infrastructure, from design and planning, to long-term maintenance.


The Request for Qualifications was issued on July 20, 2015.

The short-listed respondent teams were announced on January 20, 2016.

The issuance of the RFP to the Proponents was announced on November 10, 2016.

The Preferred Proponent, Bridging North America, was announced on July 5, 2018.

Financial Close was reached on September 28, 2018.


Request for Qualifications Issued July 20, 2015. Short-listed respondent teams announced January 20, 2016. Request for proposals issued November 10, 2016. Proposals submitted May 8, 2018. Preferred propoennt identified July 5, 2018. Financial Close September 28, 2018

The Procurement Process – at a glance

Public Sector Identifies the Project

Private-sector teams express their interest

Short-listed teams prepare proposals to meet public-sector specifications.

Public sector chooses proposal with the best value based on specifications.