Prior to issuing the RFP IN 2019, TCHC staff met with the RPNA and then with the broader community to state our commitment to working with local residents in the developer selection process.
TCHC created a procurement committee consisting of Regent Park residents and selected four committee members to vet how the draft RFP addressed community needs.
TCHC held two meetings where it sought input from community on their needs and priorities. Based on this input, TCHC created a community conversations report which it shared with the developers before their initial proposal submissions.
TCHC worked with the Revitalization Working Group over the summer of 2019 to prepare and distribute information about the October community evaluation to all residents in Regent Park. TCHC engaged more than 600 residents about the RFP process, producing information materials and training residents about the importance of attending and scoring on the community presentation day.
Evaluation of the RFP
Proposals were evaluated by a panel of four senior TCHC managers from the Development, Finance and Legal divisions, with oversight from the Strategic Procurement team.
In the initial evaluation scoring, the rated criteria were worth a total of 80 points. This included:
- The developer's team (2 points) and marketing and sales strategy (3 points)
- The present value of the total proceeds that the developer's business concept would realize for TCHC (40 points)
- An assessment of financial, market and construction risks, along with strategies for mitigating those risks (25 points)
- Information on community economic development (10 points), including financial offers for jobs, scholarships and training opportunities and community consultation and engagement.
The developer presentations evaluated by Regent Park residents were worth 20 points out of 100 points in the initial evaluation scoring.
Independent Fairness Commissioner
TCHC retained an external independent Fairness Commissioner, Justice Coulter Osborne, to oversee the RFVQ and RFP processes to ensure they were unbiased and did not favour or prejudice any one particular proponent. Justice Osborne commented on the procurement documents prior to their release. He reviewed the criteria for evaluating proposals, oversaw the evaluation meetings, attended meetings with TCHC and proponents, and reviewed all direct communication.
Report on RFP Community Conversations:
As part of the Regent Park Request for Proposals (RFP) process the Developer Proponents requested the opportunity to engage community members to understand community concerns, priorities, interests and hopes for the development of Phases 4 & 5 of Regent Park.
The Developer Proponents provided questions to be asked of the community as part of an engagement strategy led by Toronto Community Housing (TCH). The resident feedback was documented and is presented in the report linked below. This report was provided to the Developer Proponents for their information and to support the development of their RFP submissions.
Community Vision Documents:
Frequently Asked Questions:
How did Tridel come to be selected as TCHC's developer partner?
Tridel's plan had the highest overall score in a competitive RFP process. TCHC clearly stated in the terms of the RFP that it would enter into negotiations with the highest scoring proponent.
What benefits does Tridel's plan bring to the Regent Park community?
The plan commits Tridel to a $26.8-million community economic development program that will be shaped over the coming year with regular, frequent and direct input from the community on their priorities.
Who is Tridel?
Tridel is one of Canada's leading developer and builder of condominium residences, with more than eight decades of diverse experience in home and community building. Currently, Tridel is also TCHC's developer partner for the Leslie Nymark and Alexandra Park revitalization projects.
Tridel has won numerous industry awards for design, marketing, sales, construction excellence, and customer service. Most recently, it was named Ontario Homebuilder of the Year by the Ontario Homebuilders Association, the fifth time it had received this prestigious honour.
What does this decision mean for The Daniels Corporation?
The Daniels Corporation will continue to be TCHC's developer partner for Phase 3 to complete all work arising from its partnership with TCHC. Daniels has made significant contributions to the success of the Regent Park revitalization and has built strong relationships in the community. It remains deeply committed to Regent Park and Regent Park residents.
When will work on Phases 4 and 5 begin?
TCHC and Tridel will begin community engagement in the new year, including the consultations on the community economic development program.
In addition to residential units, what types of community spaces are being considered for Phases 4 and 5?
The public engagement process conducted for Phases 3, 4 and 5 as part of the rezoning process anticipated that Phases 4 and 5 would have a residential focus, with some commercial/retail space at street level. The plan is to reserve an additional 1,000 square metres of space that could be used for community uses on the ground floor of a future new building, should capital funds be available.
TCHC was also approached by the Toronto Public Library, which is considering relocating the Parliament Street Library as part of Phases 4 and 5, in future. TCHC is committed to reserving space for community use as part of its revitalization. It will consider options through a Request for Expressions of Interest process.
What is the role of the Revite Working Group (RWG)?
The mandate of the Regent Park Revitalization Working Group is to represent community interests. You can read the Revite Working Group's Mandate for more information.
Where can I learn more about revitalization?
Call: 416-981-4311 (Regent Park Hotline)
For General Maintenance Requests Call: 416-981-5500
The Revitalization Working Group:
The purpose of the Regent Park Revitalization Working Group ("Revite Working Group") is to:
- Understand and prioritize issues directly related to the Revitalization of Regent Park
- Focusing on two key priorities initially:
1.) Development of a fair, transparent and useful process for community members to be engaged in the Phase 4 & 5 "Request for Proposals" process to select a developer partner, including attendance at a community presentation
2.) The development of a fair process for the selection of an organization or organizations that would use potential community space in Phase 4 & 5
- Be informed through "Lessons Learned", community-based research and community engagement about issues and concerns
- Create a space for stakeholders to work together in the co-creation of recommendations directed to Toronto Community Housing with the specific aim of solving and/or addressing concerns and issues and to broadly make Regent Park an even better place to live, learn, work, grow and play
- Report back to the broader community, including residents, agencies, organizations and institutions in the community about the work being done to improve revitalization with the hope of an even better Regent Park
Goals and Outcomes
The Revite Working Group should aim to:
- Learn about and be an interface with the community about revitalization-specific issues, concerns, or goals
- Communicate to stakeholders, including especially Toronto Community Housing, about issues, concerns and goals
- Create specific recommendations for investigation or action aimed at Toronto Community Housing to improve revitalization
In the links below please find important documents that relate to the Revitalization Working Group: