In Procurement: 17
Under Construction: 9
Canada is experiencing a P3 public transit boom. Over the past year, 13 public transit projects have come to market. Ontario continues to lead the sector with a total of 25 active and 12 pipeline projects, including many associated with the ambitious Regional Express Rail (RER) program in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. In the future, the sector will include the procurement of high speed commuter rail. At Breakout Session 4A, Ontario’s special advisor on high speed rail will provide an update on his report and the current status of the project. Breakout Session 4B will address how the next generation of P3 transit will interface with existing conventionally and P3 procured infrastructure.
In Procurement: 3
Under Construction: 1
P3s are increasingly being seen as an option to get post-secondary infrastructure built. In September, 18 joint-use schools in Saskatchewan (Regina, Martensville and Warman) opened their doors to more than 10,000 students in kindergarten through Grade 8. The schools also feature 810 childcare spots that are being operated by a third party. The success of the project has inspired the Government of Manitoba to hire consulting firm KPMG to examine whether the model would be suitable to use for the procurement of three schools in Winnipeg and one in Brandon.
Water and Wastewater
In Procurement: 2
Under Construction: 4
Canada’s first drinking water P3, the Saint John Safe Clean Drinking Water Project in New Brunswick, is currently under construction, progressing well towards its scheduled completion in November 2018. Before the procurement began many local businesses and contractors attended meetings outlining the process and joined a networking list shared with bidders for potential subcontracts. On Canada’s West Coast, four municipal wastewater projects are underway in order to bring wastewater treatment practices in line with new federal regulations. Two of those projects — the McLoughlin Point and North Shore wastewater treatment plants — reached financial close this year following drawn out procurement processes. Breakout Session 2A will look at how building local support can get projects to yes.
In Procurement: 6
Under Construction: 17
The health sector is the largest P3 sector in Canada with 94 active projects. While the sector is mature, it continues to evolve to become more efficient, sustainable and digital. It is expected that health projects will continue to comprise a sizeable portion of the Canadian project pipeline for the foreseeable future —there are currently 14 health projects in the pipeline. Breakout Session 1B Social Procurement Pipeline and Managing Public Assets will include Infrastructure Ontario’s market update on the social procurement pipeline, which includes hospital projects, followed by a panel discussion about best practices in managing public assets. Pictured above is the North Island Hospital campus in Campbell River, B.C. This year the hospital opened this campus and one in Comox Valley. The North Island Hospitals Project was the first North American P3 to receive green bond funding. This was the first time such a bond was used to finance public infrastructure in Canada. Breakout Session 3B will have two panellists who can speak to the use of green bonds in Canada’s P3 sector — Karen Clarke Whistler, Chief Environmental Officer of TD Bank and Gadi Mayman, CEO of the Ontario Financing Authority.
Recreation and Culture
In Procurement: 2
Under Construction: 1
The Moncton Downtown Centre, at left, won’t be complete for another nine months but it has already proved a catalyst for downtown growth in Moncton, N.B. The city is seeing an increase in proposed development and upgrades in the surrounding area. The $91.5-million project will sustain 65 full-time equivalent jobs once complete and will be home to the Moncton Wildcats — who agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding for a major tenant agreement back in June 2010, allowing the city to proceed with the project.
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