Public Private Partnerships (P3)


Osler’s team of specialist P3/AFP professionals advise on a broad spectrum of projects funded and implemented using public-private partnership structures. Our breadth of experience and wealth of long-standing industry relationships give our clients a tangible advantage as we advise on each stage of a project.

Regardless of size of project, industry or jurisdiction, our team is positioned to understand the issues that all parties face and the effect that these issues will have on the success of a project. Osler’s exposure to the most complex P3 projects, the experience of a number of our team members as practising professional engineers and our expertise in project finance, infrastructure, construction, health care and power allow us to quickly assess our clients’ needs and deliver practical, commercial advice in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. This ability to tailor our services to the specific needs of our clients is enhanced by our ability to work collaboratively between offices and areas of specialty, providing our clients with seamless service from our Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa and New York offices.

Representative examples of P3/AFP projects and transactions in which our lawyers have advised follows:


Acting for the successful proponent on the:

  • Kelowna and Vernon Hospitals P3 Project in British Columbia.
  • Central Manchester Children’s University Hospitals PFI Project in the U.K.
  • Windsor Regional Hospital Western Campus AFP Project in Ontario.

Acting for a shortlisted proponent on the:

  • BCCA Cancer Centre P3 Project in British Columbia.
  • Niagara Health System AFP Project in Ontario.
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower P3 Project in British Columbia.

Acting for the public sector on the:

  • Runnymede Hospital development of a new major facility.
  • Victoria Hospital AFP Project in Ontario.
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Phase 2 Ambulatory Care Renovations AFP Project in Ontario.
  • Hamilton General Hospital Redevelopment AFP Project and the Henderson General Hospital Redevelopment AFP Project in Ontario.
  • North Bay Regional Health Centre AFP Project in Ontario.
  • Bluewater Health AFP Project in Ontario.

Acting for the funders on the:

  • Credit Valley Hospital AFP Project in Ontario.
  • Women’s College Hospital AFP Project in Ontario.
  • Research Center for the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM).


Acting for the successful proponent on the:

  • Northeast Stoney Trail P3 Project in Alberta.
  • Driver Examination Services Project in Ontario.

Acting for the funders on the:

  • 407 East Extension Project.
  • Ontario Highway Service Centres AFP Project.
  • Deh Cho Bridge P3 Project in the Northwest Territories.

Montréal-Trudeau Airport expansion and redevelopment.

Montréal-Trudeau Airport and Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson Airport airline fuel facilities.

Acting for the procuring authority on the:

  • Lekki Epe Expressway Project in West Africa.
  • Lester B. Pearson Airport in Toronto on the new Terminal 1 and expansion of Terminal 3.
  • Montréal-Trudeau Airport expansion and redevelopment.
  • 407 ETR Inc., on the operation and expansion of the Highway 407 ETR and also as counsel to Canadian Highways International Corporation, the consortium selected by the Government of Ontario to initially build, operate and maintain the highway.
  • RREEF America LLC on the purchase of all the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of Maher Terminals Holdings Corp. and Maher Canadian Holdings Corp in respect of the Prince Rupert container terminal in British Columbia.


Acting for the successful proponent on the:

  • Barnsley Schools PFI Project in the U.K.
  • Conwy Schools PFI Project in the U.K.

Acting for a shortlisted proponent on the:

  • Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement II P3 Project in Alberta.
  • Knowsley, Greenwich and Sheffield BSF Projects in the U.K.

Entertainment Venues

Acting for the procuring authority on the:

  • Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Ontario.
  • Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.
  • Multi-pad ice rink and field house in the City of Cornwall.

Acting for the funders in relation to the concert hall dedicated to the Montréal Symphony Orchestra.


Acting for the preferred proponent on Infrastructure Ontario’s Nuclear Procurement Project.

Acting for the successful proponent on the:

  • Gentilly 2 nuclear generating station in Québec.
  • Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station units 1 and 2 in Ontario.
  • Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station in New Brunswick.
  • Pickering A Nuclear Generating Station in Ontario.
  • Dalhousie Wind Farm in Nova Scotia.
  • Pattern Energy Wind Farm in Manitoba.
  • Northland Power Wind Farm in Québec.
  • East Windsor Cogeneration Project.
  • Thorold Cogeneration Project.
  • York Energy Centre Project.

Acting for developers of cogeneration, combined cycle, district energy, independent power and wind farm projects including the:

  • Brighton Beach Power Project in Ontario.
  • Cory Cogeneration Project in Saskatchewan.
  • Joffre Cogeneration Project in Alberta.
  • Millennium Cogeneration Project in Alberta.
  • Skypower Wind Farm Project in Québec.

Acting for the public sector on the:

  • Ontario Feed in Tariff Program in Ontario.
  • Goreway Station Project in Ontario.
  • Portlands Energy Centre in Ontario.
  • Halton Hills Generating Station in Ontario.

Information Technology

  • Acting for the procuring authority on UK Department of Health’s National Program for IT.
  • Acting for the public sector on the creation of digital repositories – Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services and Northern & Eastern Ontario Diagnostic Imaging Network.


Related Expertise

Lorne Carson

Partner, Corporate

Tobor Emakpor

Partner, Commercial

Etienne Massicotte

Partner, Financial Services

Rocco Sebastiano

Partner, Commercial

Paula Olexiuk

Partner, Energy

Chris Bennett

Partner, Chair of Financial Services Practice

Danna Donald

Partner, Commercial

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Projects: PPP and Infrastructure
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    • Others sources appreciate the groups "good understanding of their clients' unique concerns and issues."
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Projects: PPP and Infrastructure
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Project Finance (Toronto, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta); Banking & Financial Institutions (Montréal, Quebec; Toronto, Ontario)
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  • Legal 500: Recognized in Infrastructure & Projects