French River Dams Complex: Project to replace the boathouse and wharf and rehabilitate the workshop

Find out about the project to replace the boathouse and wharf and rehabilitate the workshop for the existing French River Dams Complex.

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Project overview


Dokis, Ontario
Locate the French River Dams: Boathouse

Type of project

Replacement of the boathouse and wharf, and rehabilitation of the workshop

Lead department

Public Services and Procurement Canada

Construction firms

Restoule JCARL Construction and Dominion Construction (joint venture)
A 100% set-aside under the Set-aside Program for Indigenous Business was used in the tendering process to award the construction contract.


$2.25 million

Project status

In progress

Next steps

Completion in July 2024 (estimated)

Project description

Structural inspection of the boathouse, wharf and workshop has identified that the boathouse and wharf have reached the end of their service life. The boathouse and wharf will be replaced with similar structures with a smaller footprint. The workshop foundation will be rehabilitated to meet building code requirements.

In support of Indigenous reconciliation, the procurement process for construction was only open to Indigenous companies in accordance with the Set-aside Program for Indigenous Business. The project team contacted and consulted with the local Dokis First Nation as well as authorities having jurisdiction.

Construction began in fall 2023 and should be completed by spring 2024. There are no expected impacts to dam operations during construction.

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Benefits to Canadians

This project will ensure reliable dam operations. The improvements to water management operations will help mitigate the impacts of increasingly frequent and intense weather events, which will make the environment safer for communities and contribute to climate change resiliency.

Project background

The French River Dams Complex includes a wharf, boathouse and workshop:

We are the custodian for the operation and maintenance of the structures within the complex. We regularly conduct repair and maintenance work to keep the dams working smoothly.

Latest news about this project

Government of Canada invests in the rehabilitation of the French River Dams Complex

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