Ontario’s Spring 2020 P3 market update signals government’s commitment to build

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Infrastructure will make a big difference for Ontario, says the province’s Minister of Infrastructure.

At an announcement last week, Laurie Scott has reconfirmed the Ontario government’s commitment to 37 major infrastructure projects across the province using the public-private partnership (P3) model. Projects are listed in the (known in the market as updates to the “P3 Pipeline”), which was released Thursday by Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure.

IO’s 2020 Spring Market Update

“The message today is clear, our government is moving from shovel ready to shovels in the ground,” Scott said. “The P3 Market Update signals to the infrastructure sector that Ontario remains committed to major infrastructure projects including subways, highways, health care and community safety projects. This is stimulus that will create jobs and contribute to the economic recovery of our province.”

The P3 Market Update is a list of public projects in the pre-procurement and procurement stages for which Ontario has committed funding. The list helps potential local and global private sector partners organize their time and resources to make sure Ontario gets robust, innovative and competitive bids for its P3 infrastructure projects.

Two major highway projects have been added to the pipeline:

An RFQ will be released this fall for Highway 17 from Arnprior to Renfrew (estimated cost between $200 and $499 million) and in Winter 2021 for Highway 3 – Town of Essex to Leamington (estimated project cost about $200 million.)

There are several hospital projects, including:

  • Kingston Health Sciences – Kingston General Hospital Redevelopment ($500 million – $1 billion)
  • Queensway Health Centre ($500 million – $1 billion)
  • NHS South Niagara Hospital Capital Project ($500 million – $1 billion)
  • Trillium Health Partners Broader Redevelopment – Mississauga Hospital Site ($2 billion)
  • The Ottawa Hospital – Civic Redevelopment (> $2 billion)
  • The Hospital for Sick Children – Project Horizon (> $2 billion)
  • “The Spring 2020 market update is an important signal to the market. This is stimulus that will contribute to the economic recovery of our province,” Scott said.

Projects total more than $60 invested from the province in civil, health care and community safety projects. “It is the largest it has ever been and, to my knowledge, is unprecedented globally,” Scott said. “This is a statement to the strength of Ontario’s unique P3 model.”

Scott called the P3 model, an internationally recognized approach that gets projects done well and supports thousands of jobs.

“Our partnership with the construction industry is critical to the province’s recovery” from COVID-19. “We look forward to continuing to work with our private sector partners to build these significant projects for the benefit of people today and for generations to come.”

Ontario’s P3 model is part of the government’s plan to build new infrastructure including transit, highways, schools and hospitals faster, improve productivity, help businesses get goods to markets, and create jobs.

The Spring 2020 P3 Market Update includes a total of 37 P3 projects including:

  • 17 civil (such as transit, subways, highways)
  • 16 health care, three community safety, and one children’s treatment centre.
  • 24 of the projects are currently in procurement.
  • 13 projects are in the pre-transaction phase
  • 13 additional projects are currently included in the planning phase is responsible for delivering projects under Ontario’s P3 model.

“We know that it is valued by our industry partners to better inform their own planning and preparation. Our transparent approach gives companies the time to team up and prepare competitive and innovative bids to take on the Province’s largest, most complex projects,” Ehren Cory, Infrastructure Ontario President and Chief Executive Officer said.

“This spring’s update is also an important reassurance to industry and the people of Ontario. It provides as much certainty as possible to our industry partners regarding the Province’s commitment to the many P3 projects in planning and procurement.”

This updated version of the Fall pipeline is meant to confirm the continued commitment to its core infrastructure priorities in transit, highways, healthcare and beyond.

To find out more about projects in your community, visit the IO site.

Letter from IO president and CEO Ehren Cory

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