Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of the Solicitor General are committed to building a new, modern correctional complex in Thunder Bay that will keep correctional staff and individuals in custody safe and expand access to programming and services.

Two prequalified teams have been invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) to design, build, finance and maintain the Thunder Bay Correctional Complex.

The two teams were selected based on criteria identified in a request for qualifications process that began in March 2018. Selection criteria included design, construction and maintenance, as well as the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope.

The prequalified companies that are invited to bid are:

  • EllisDon Infrastructure Justice
  • Fengate PCL Progress Partners

The companies will now begin preparing proposals that detail how they will deliver the project. Once submissions are received, Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Solicitor General will evaluate the proposals, select a preferred bidder and then negotiate a final contract. A successful bidder is expected to be announced in spring 2022. A fairness monitor is overseeing the entire procurement process.

The project, which will result in development of a 325-bed, multi-purpose correctional facility, supports the ministry’s strategy of replacing aging institutions to address health, safety and security issues, including efficiencies of design, technology, and space. It will improve access to programming, living conditions, and education, while also updating automation and technology.

From an environmental standpoint, the correctional complex will be designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, with a focus on energy efficiency, healthy indoor environments and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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Costs for the project have not been finalized, estimates indicate the work will cost approximately $500 million to $1 billion.

A copy of the RFP is available at



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