Public-private partnerships (P3s) have become a popular mechanism for addressing Canada’s infrastructure needs. While much has been documented around this approach to procurement in Southern Canada, less has been advanced in relation to the North.
This primer, P3s and Transportation Infrastructure: Experience and Opportunities for Canada’s North,
explores the Canadian experience with P3s for transport infrastructure, with an emphasis on lessons learned that may be relevant to Northern contexts. It examines the Canadian experience with P3s to date, considers costs and benefits associated with this approach to infrastructure procurement, and reflects on the relevance of this model for Northern transport infrastructure development. The primer provides case illustrations of P3s in the North, with a view toward further, in-depth examinations. It also considers next steps for P3 and transport research and stakeholder engagement activities in Canada’s Northern regions.