City admits it let SNC-Lavalin through Stage 2 LRT bidding despite lower technical score

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, August 2, 2019

The City of Ottawa admitted on Friday that it allowed SNC-Lavalin’s bid to continue being considered during the contract competition for the Trillium Line expansion even though the company’s bid didn’t meet the minimum technical score threshold.

City manager Steve Kanellakos sent a detailed memo about the scoring to council. The memo was in response to questions filed last March by Coun. Diane Deans, who, along with a handful of other councillors, expressed concern about a lack of transparency in the Stage 2 procurement process.

SNC, under the project name TransitNEXT, won the $663-million construction contract to build the Trillium Line expansion. The contract value is $1.6 billion when a long-term maintenance agreement for the Trillium Line is included.

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