Infrastructure Canada and the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) was created in 2012 to manage the procurement process for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the new bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan through a public-private partnership (P3). The WDBA will select the private partner and manage the project agreement.
The WDBA is also responsible for project oversight during construction and operation of the new crossing. As the operator of the new bridge, the WDBA will set and collect all tolls.
The WDBA is a not-for-profit Crown corporation that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. As such, the WDBA is wholly owned by the Government of Canada but is structured like a private company and operates independently from government.
The WDBA is led by a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and governed by a board of directors who are responsible for overseeing the business activities and other affairs of the WDBA. The board is comprised of up to five members, including the President/CEO. The WDBA Board positions are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Government of Canada's Role
Infrastructure Canada is responsible for providing overall project oversight and due diligence to ensure the project continues to comply with government direction and with the 2012 Canada-Michigan Crossing Agreement. In addition, Infrastructure Canada is responsible for finalizing the acquisition of properties in Windsor required for the project.
Other Canadian federal bodies involved in the project include Transport Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Their roles are outlined in greater detail in WDBA's Corporate Plan, Section 2.5.
About the Gordie Howe International Bridge project
The Gordie Howe International Bridge project is the largest and most ambitious bi-national border infrastructure project along the Canada-United States border.
It will provide for the safe, efficient and secure movement of people and goods across the Canada-U.S. border in the Detroit River area to support the economies of Ontario, Michigan, Canada and the United States.
The new six-lane bridge across the Detroit River between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan is a component of a new highway-to-highway transportation system that also includes associated border inspection plazas and connections to the freeway systems in Ontario and Michigan. This project will provide an essential additional crossing option at one of the busiest Canada-U.S. commercial border crossings.
Once complete, the new bridge will provide additional capacity to increase trade and to encourage investment between Canada and the United States and help to create thousands of jobs and opportunities on both sides of the border. The new bridge will also provide system connectivity, improved border processing and capacity.
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