Right Honourable Herb Gray Parkway (Windsor-Essex Parkway)

ACS Infrastructure Canada

One of the most significant infrastructure investments in Ontario’s history, the CAD$1.3bn parkway spans an 11km corridor and includes 31 access ramps, 19 bridge structures, and 11 new tunnels. Windsor Essex Mobility Group (WEMG) signed the contract in 2010 and is now in the seventh year of a 30-year operating term. In October 2021, WEMG’s main O&M service provider ceased business operations in North America without notice, requiring WEMG to take immediate action and exercise step-in rights to ensure continuity of service. This included engaging the local staff directly, securing a lease of the operations yard, and acquisition of the fleet and all remaining assets. This was all successfully and seamlessly executed without missing any project agreement outcome targets. Since it took over, WEMG has been fully self-performing all work and has taken appropriate steps to mitigate the risks while working collaboratively with the relevant shareholders, including the lenders and bond surety.