Infrastructure - Public Private Partnerships (P3)

Governments often turn to shovel-ready infrastructure projects when they want to spur economic growth, and that won’t be any different in a post-pandemic environment. Public private partnerships (P3s), combine private sector efficiencies and productivity with government dollars and a desire to create jobs.

The goal with P3s is to effectively structure projects to meet the expectations of both sides. That includes allocating different risks and responsibilities to each partner and ensuring the business case is always front and centre over the life cycle of a project. There may also be issues around asset valuation, labour, financing, revenue collection and public perception around a project.

Working with a law firm that has experience advising on a variety of P3 projects is critical for this kind of arrangement to work. Osler’s Infrastructure Group has experience in project financing, engineering and construction, and has been part of P3s in health care, power, transportation and information technology. We’ve acted for equity sponsors, institutional investors, lenders, public sector entities, and design-build and maintenance contractors on complex domestic and cross-border projects.

With potentially more infrastructure projects on the way, you need to leverage a team that understands the opportunities and challenges that come with P3s.

Recent experience

Mobilinx Hurontario General Partnership

Mobilinx Hurontario General Partnership, an integrated consortium of local and global firms, as a successful proponent to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new Hurontario light rail transit (LRT) project in the Toronto region. The contract is worth approximately $4.6 billion, to be paid over its 30-year term.

Learn more about our work with Mobilinx
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St. John’s Mental Health Facility

Marco/Cahill Mental Health Partnership in Plenary-led consortium’s DBFM contract for the New Adult Mental Health and Addictions Facility in St. John’s, NL. The facility will feature a 240,000 sq ft, six-storey, 102-bed hospital and a new parking garage along with a new 60-bed hostel. The DBFM contract is valued at $330M.

Learn more about the St. John’s Mental Health Facility Project
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South West Calgary Ring Road P3 Project

Mountain View Partners in its agreement with the Province of Alberta to design, build, finance, operate, maintain and rehabilitate the southwest leg of the ring road in the City of Calgary and to operate and maintain certain bridge structures.  Contract value is $1.42B in 2016 dollars, to be paid over its 35-year term.

Learn more about our work with Mountain View Partners
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