The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Ontario announced the four companies short-listed to submit proposals to design, build, finance, maintain and operate Ontario’s 23 service centres across Highways 400 and 401.
The bidders short-listed for this project were pre-qualified through the request for qualifications (RFQ) issued on August 28, 2007 and closed October 24, 2007. The short-listed bidders have varied backgrounds in commercial development and managing highway service areas, as well as, retail, food and beverage concessions, and include:
reas (Anonimous Society) S.A.
Carillion Canada Inc.
RBC Capital Markets
Brookfield Asset Management Inc./Trinity Development Group
Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
Trinity Development Group
Host Kilmer Services Centres Inc.
Host International of Canada Ltd. (HMSHost)
Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited
Clough, Harbour & Associates LLP
Forum Leasehold Partners Inc.
Morguard Service Centres SPV
Morguard Investments Limited
National Bank Financial
The pre-qualified bidders will be invited to respond to a RFP in winter 2008, while redevelopment of a number of facilities is scheduled to begin in November 2008.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation will manage the procurement of the new operator with Infrastructure Ontario, a Crown Corporation dedicated to the renewal of the province’s hospitals, courthouses and other essential public assets.
Using an Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model that ensures appropriate public control and ownership, Infrastructure Ontario uses private financing for large-scale and complex projects to strategically rebuild vital infrastructure, on time and on budget.
All infrastructure projects will be guided by the principles in the government’s Building a Better Tomorrow framework, ensuring public ownership of core public assets such as hospitals, schools and water and wastewater facilities.
The service centres are individually leased and operated by one of three operators (Petro-Canada, Imperial Oil (Esso) or Shell Canada) who sublease to food operators, retail shop owners and tourism organizations. The majority of the service centres were built in the 1960s, apart from three, which were rebuilt in the late 1990s (Newcastle, Ingersoll, and Maple).