Thunder Bay Correctional Centre

Thunder Bay
Project Type:
Accelerated Build Program
Infrastructure Type:

About the Project:

IO is working with the Ministry of the Solicitor General on expansion projects for correctional facilities in Thunder Bay and Kenora. These projects are part of the Ontario government’s commitment to invest more than $500 million over five years to transform Correctional Services and improve the health and safety of frontline staff through new hires and better infrastructure.

The expanded spaces will help support increased access to literacy, skills development and technology programs that support safe community reintegration, and also help address overcrowding at both facilities.

Latest News

Project Status:

  • Request for Qualifications and Standing Offers Issued: July 14, 2020
  • Contract Award: March 4, 2021
  • Substantial Performance Achieved: September 28, 2022

Winning Bidder:

  • Bird Construction Inc.


  • 50 beds
  • Multi-use programming spaces
  • Yard space and a cultural yard
  • Programming and educational opportunities

Procurement Process:

Infrastructure Ontario issued this procurement under a two-stage competitive and accelerated process. In the first stage, a Request for Qualifications and Standing Offer (RFQSO) was issued to establish a list of firms with demonstrated ability and experience in rapid delivery construction projects and mandates. In the second stage, shortlisted firms from the RFQSO were invited to enter into confidential meetings and negotiations, concluding with the contract award.