TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the three prequalified teams to design, build and finance the Highway 3 Widening Project – Essex to Leamington. The project extends 15.6 kilometres, widening the highway from two to four lanes from the Town of Essex to the Town of Leamington (1.2 km east of Arner Townline (Essex Road 23) easterly to 1.1 km east of Union Avenue (Essex Road 34).

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, which began in June 2021, included criteria relevant to design, construction and financing experience needed to deliver the Project. Following the RFQ, the prequalified teams and their prime team members are:


  • Applicant Leads: Brennan Infrastructures Inc. & Amico Infrastructures Inc.
  • Design Team: Parsons Inc. & EXP Services Inc.
  • Construction Team: Brennan Infrastructures Inc., Amico Infrastructures Inc., Colas Project Canada Inc.
  • Financial Advisor: Operis Business Engineering Limited


  • Applicant Lead: Coco Paving Inc.
  • Design Team: Dillon Consulting Ltd. & Golder Associates Ltd.
  • Construction Team: Coco Paving Inc.
  • Financial Advisor: National Bank Finance


  • Applicant Leads: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc. & Plenary Americas L.P.
  • Design Team: Consor Engineers LLC
  • Construction Team: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.
  • Financial Advisor: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.

Teams invited to respond to the RFP will begin preparing proposals that detail how they will design, build and finance the project. Once submissions are received, IO and MTO will evaluate the proposals, select a preferred team, and negotiate a final contract. A successful bidder is expected to be announced in fall 2022. A fairness monitor will oversee the entire procurement process.

A copy of the RFP is available at

IO in collaboration with MTO is leading the procurement of the Highway 3 Widening Project. The project is being delivered through IO’s design, build and finance (DBF) Public-Private Partnership (P3) model, which transfers appropriate risks associated with design, construction, and financing of the project to the private sector.

For more information, visit Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Transportation.

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