USP framework and process outlined


Ontario Construction News staff writer

Here is an explanation of how the government will receive and review unsolicited proposals under its new program.

Assessment of proposals

Submitted infrastructure projects will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • the proposal is a “genuine USP” — in other words, it is unsolicited and does not constitute a response to an existing, pending or announced request for proposals under any government procurement;
  • the proposal demonstrates a clear value or benefit for the people of Ontario;
  • the proposal is within the scope of the program — i.e., it relates to an infrastructure project;
  • the proposal aligns with government priorities;
  • the proposal is commercially, financially and technically viable; and,
  • if government funding is required, the proposal demonstrates value for money with respect to the government’s investment.

The process involves three stages:

  1. Initial proposal. Participants can submit an initial proposal through the online portal. The web form will ask for high-level information so government can understand and evaluate whether the project should be advanced for further evaluation. Participants cannot submit attachments or supplemental materials at this stage.
  2. Detailed proposal. If a proposal is selected to move to the second stage of evaluation, additional information will be required from the participants, including a business case. Participants should also expect to attend meetings to discuss their proposal. In most cases, detailed proposal assessments will be conducted by Infrastructure Ontario, a crown agency under the oversight of the Minister of Infrastructure.
  3. Procurement and transaction. If, based on detailed evaluation, the government elects to proceed with a proposal, it will design a transaction and procurement structure that is best suited to delivering the project and protecting the public interest. Other than in exceptional circumstances, procurements will be designed to feature competitive tension.


To make a submission or for more information visit the USP portal.




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