TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) have released a request for qualifications (RFQ) to pre-qualify and shortlist project teams to deliver the Highway 401 expansion project.

The Highway 401 expansion project is approximately 18 kilometers long and is located within the western part of the Greater Toronto Area, from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton. This project includes widening the existing six lane configuration to the following:

  • 12 lane core-collector system from the Credit River to Winston Churchill Boulevard
  • 10 lanes from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Highway 407 ETR/ Highway 401 interchange
  • 12 lane core-collector system from Highway 407 ETR/ Highway 401 interchange to James Snow Parkway
  • 10 lanes from the James Snow Parkway to Regional Road 25
  • Median High Occupancy Vehicle lanes
  • Support facilities and features - drainage, lighting, signage, ATMS, carpool lots

Highway 401 is one of the busiest freeways in Ontario. It is a critical component of the provincial highway network and is one of Ontario's most important thoroughfares in terms of commuter and trade traffic. The Highway 401 expansion project will offer relief to congestion on the existing highway and improve the flow of goods, services and people in the region.

IO and MTO will evaluate submissions to prequalify project teams with the relevant design, construction, and financing experience. Teams that qualify will be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP), which is expected to be issued in fall 2017. Interested companies must register with to download the RFQ.

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“Highway 401 is a critical highway for commuters and commercial traffic traveling throughout Ontario and the United States. Adding both High Occupancy Vehicle and general purpose lanes will be essential in managing congestion and improving daily commutes across the region.”
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

“Our government is committed to building a stronger, more prosperous province through the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history. The Highway 401 expansion project will enhance our transportation network, create employment opportunities during construction and help support future development along the highway corridor.”
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure

“The Highway 401 expansion project is an important component in helping with traffic flow on this busy highway. IO looks forward to reviewing the RFQ submissions by the market for this project.”
Ehren Cory, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario

Quick Facts:

  • IO and the MTO are working together to deliver the Highway 401 expansion project.
  • According to Ontario's 2017 Long-Term Report on the Economy, every $1 spent on public infrastructure has been shown to increase GDP by $6 in the long-term.
  • The project is being delivered using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model, an innovative way of financing and procuring large, complex public infrastructure projects.
  • Projects that are delivered using IO's AFP model have a track record of being 96 per cent on budget and 73 per cent on time or within one month of th scheduled substantial completion date.

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Infrastructure Ontario


Bianca Lankheit
Infrastructure Ontario

Bob Nichols
Ministry of Transportation

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