Two out of three Canadians surveyed by Nanos Research support governments using public-private partnerships (P3s) to build infrastructure across the country. Sixty-seven per cent told the pollster they would support or somewhat support the use of P3 to design, build, finance, maintain, and in some cases, operate these new public facilities.
This report commissioned by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) provides an important starting point for discussions on establishing a Canadian Infrastructure Bank. It analyzes potential structures and outlines the benefits that a federal infrastructure bank could provide.
A report by the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management compared the P3 approach to traditional procurement and found the P3 approach to be "generally superior" because it "brings to bear specialized expertise, due diligence and accountability mechanisms that are not possible to replicate in the political environment in which public sector managers work.
CCPPP released two summary reports of public opinion research completed in 2015 by Nanos Research. Focus group research conducted in seven cities reinforced that Canadians understand and are supportive of P3 projects. Across all sectors and all cities, there was support for P3s and when probed about specific projects in their communities, support was almost universal.
A white paper released today by Service Works Global (SWG) in collaboration with CCPPP identifies the key factors that have made Canada a global leader in public-private partnerships, including: a stable pipeline; efficient procurement; a diverse market for project finance; and a supportive political environment.
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are major contributors to Canada’s economy, generating $51.2 billion in direct economic output and 290,680 direct full-time equivalent jobs between 2003 and 2012. With the public sector facing aging infrastructure, population growth and budget constraints, P3s are bringing together the expertise of both the private and public sector to expand the number and scale of infrastructure investments for public benefit.