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Waterfront Toronto provided information to Sidewalk Labs ahead of Request for Proposals, Ontario AG says

Waterfront Toronto admitted it provided information in advance to Sidewalk Labs before publicly issuing the Request for Proposals (RFP) that resulted in the latter winning the right to develop a smart-city district on Toronto’s lakeshore.

The admission, which Waterfront Toronto said was “part of its regular market sounding process,” was revealed in the auditor general (AG) of Ontario’s 2018 annual report, which was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.

Waterfront Toronto told Bonnie Lysyk, Ontario’s auditor general, that it also shared information with other potential bidders, though her report states that Sidewalk “received more information” from Waterfront than the other parties that would respond to the RFP.

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