Experience has shown that delivering megaprojects in Canada brings great opportunities for the local industry and labour force, who are the backbone of these projects. While Phase 1 of the Green Line LRT will be led by a consortium of international partners with experience in megaprojects of comparable size and complexity, most work will be delivered by local businesses, contractors, and suppliers. It is an important distinction as Phase 1 will not preclude the local industry; it will embrace it.
The Green Line LRT Program hosted an Information Session to introduce Calgary’s local contractors, suppliers, and trades to Bow Transit Connectors and City Link Partners, the two teams competing to design, build and construct Phase 1.
One of these teams will be selected in early 2023 as the Development Partner. This will launch an approximately 12-month Development Phase to allow for collaboration, design progression and better understanding of risks and costs in an open and transparent manner.
While the Development Partner will bring considerable experience in megaprojects of comparable size and complexity, most work will be delivered by local contractors. In addition to more than $2.2B in economic benefits, Phase 1 is anticipated to create 20,000 direct and indirect jobs throughout construction.
Over 240 local companies participated in the information session and many also registered for an option to meet individually with Bow Transit Connectors and City Link Partners to better understand the project scope and work opportunities. The Business Information Session was recorded and is available below in its entirety.
Green Line is working with City Supply Management to procure and award contracts for Phase 1. As the stewards of responsible public spending, City Supply Management has a fiduciary responsibility to ensure City spending be conducted with the highest level of transparency, openness, and fairness. As such, all procurement of goods and services by The City is subject to the following trade agreements: the New West Partnership Trade Agreement; Canadian Free Trade Agreement and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
Bid opportunities are advertised through The City of Calgary's Ariba Discovery Page and Alberta Purchasing Connection through a fair and equitable process. Learn more about bid and vendor information, including how to become a vendor.