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Toronto courthouse contract valued at $956.4M

February 22, 2018

Awarded to the EllisDon Infrastructure team, it's the first project in Canada for Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the internationally renowned Italian-based architecture firm which recently completed the new Paris Courthouse.


Artist rendering of the new Toronto courthouse (source: Infrastructure Ontario)

Infrastructure Ontario’s latest alternative financing and procurement (AFP) project, in partnership with the Ministry of the Attorney General, is the awarding of a fixed-price contract to the EllisDon Infrastructure team to design, build, finance and maintain the new Toronto courthouse project in the heart of downtown, located just northwest of Toronto’s City Hall.

Valued at approximately $956.4 million, the contract reflects payments to be made during construction, the substantial completion payment, and the monthly service payments before inflation adjustments. This figure does not reflect the total project cost.

“We are very proud of our AFP courthouse portfolio and are thrilled to once again partner with the Ministry of the Attorney General and work with an incredible team at EllisDon Infrastructure to deliver this world-class project, the first high-rise courthouse project in the province,” said Ehren Cory, president/CEO, Infrastructure Ontario, in a release announcing the contract.

The EllisDon Infrastructure team includes:


Construction is expected to start in the next few months, with an anticipated completion in spring of 2022. The courthouse will be designed to meet the LEED Silver standard.

The new Toronto courthouse marks the first project in Canada for Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the international award-winning Italian-based firm which recently won the 2017 French architecture award, L’Équerre d’Argent, for the new Paris Courthouse.

The Toronto courthouse will amalgamate several courts operating across the city into one state-of-the-art facility intended to reduce costs, make operations more efficient.

The project also includes the first learning centre in an Ontario courthouse. This space will offer opportunities for the public, justice workers, and students to learn about Indigenous history and issues related to the justice system in Ontario.




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