Thunder Bay Correctional Complex

Thunder Bay
Project Type:
DBFM - Design Build Finance Maintain
Infrastructure Type:
Contract Value:
$1.2 billion

About the Project:

Infrastructure Ontario is working with the Ministry of the Solicitor General to deliver a new Thunder Bay Correctional Complex, to replace the city's existing jail and correctional centre.


  • Request for Qualifications:
    Mar 26, 2018
  • Short-list Bidders Selected:
    Mar 31, 2021
  • Request for Proposals:
    Mar 31, 2021
  • Winning Bidder Selected:
    Apr 22, 2022
  • Construction Begins:
    Nov 03, 2022
  • Construction Ends:

Latest News


  • The project will result in development of a 345-bed, multi-purpose correctional facility.   
  • This project 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.

Community and Green Benefits

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.

Demonstrating Value

  • The Thunder Bay Correctional Complex project is being delivered using a DBFM model. Key benefits of a DBFM model include significant risk transfer to the private sector over the life of the project agreement, greater cost and schedule certainty, greater potential for design and construction efficiencies and innovation and higher maintenance quality encouraged through performance-based service payments over the 30 year term.
  • Based on precedent experience, a DBFM procurement model typically has delivered a value for money savings in the range of 15% to 22% compared to undertaking the same projects using traditional delivery models.
  • Learn more about IO’s delivery models and associated features.

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