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Canadians endorse P3s for major infrastructure projects

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April 14, 2014 by STAFF REPORT

A recent Nanos Research survey indicates the majority of Canadians are in favour of using public-private partnerships (P3s) to deliver important public infrastructure and services.

In the survey commissioned by The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, 62 per cent of respondents support using P3s. According to the survey, P3s received the strongest endorsement in transit systems (70 per cent), roads (65 per cent), social housing (64 per cent) and hospitals (63 per cent).

P3s have been around in Canada for the past 20 years. There are 207 P3 projects currently in procurement, under construction or in operation across the country.

The survey also polled residents in three Canadian communities with P3 projects currently in operation: Winnipeg, Man., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. and Moncton, N.B. In each community, the majority indicated support for P3s and recognized their benefit to taxpayers. They also agreed that these projects might not have been possible without the private sector as a partner in design, construction, financing and maintenance.

For a complete summary of the survey results visit www.pppcouncil.ca/p3pulse.

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