TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) is proud to announce that the City of Regina's Wastewater Plant Project has won the Chuck Wills Award for Municipal Infrastructure at its 2014 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (P3s).
"The Council's Awards Program has become increasingly competitive, which really speaks volumes about the calibre of the projects selected," stated Mark Romoff, President and CEO of CCPPP. "These projects are delivered to the highest quality standards, while providing substantial savings and efficiencies over traditional procurement methods. With 219 P3 projects across the country delivering consistent strong results, Canada is solidifying its record as best in class," added Mr. Romoff.
The City of Regina needed to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant to meet the needs of a fast-growing population, replace aging infrastructure and meet higher wastewater effluent quality standards. After a rigorous evaluation process, City Council unanimously approved a public-private partnership, which was then ratified in a public referendum. The total project cost provides an estimated savings of $138.1 million versus the traditional procurement model. The new facility will also improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of the water in Wascana Creek and the Qu'Appelle River and Lake system.
"The City of Regina is honoured to receive this award. Entering into a P3 of this type and this scope was new territory for us, and we're glad to see others recognize how much work went into getting this deal done right," commented Regina Mayor, Michael Fougere.
"We recognized early on that a project of this scope was going to be different. While P3s won't be an option for every project we take on, in this case it gave us a clear path towards the best possible deal for taxpayers," added the Mayor.
The new wastewater treatment plant will improve the condition of the local and regional aquatic environment. The City of Regina is experiencing high economic and population growth and core municipal services such as wastewater enable the City to continue its growth in the booming Saskatchewan economy.
The award will be presented on November 3rd at The Council's annual conference. The industry's premier P3 event runs November 3rd and 4th and attracts government and industry leaders from across Canada and around the world.
About The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships: Established in 1993, CCPPP is a national not-for-profit, non-partisan, member-based organization with broad representation from across the public and private sectors. Its mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. The Council is a proponent of evidence-based public policy in support of P3s, facilitates the adoption of international best practices, and educates stakeholders and the community on the economic and social benefits of public-private partnerships.
SOURCE: Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
For further information: For more information about CCPPP contact: Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP, 416-861-0500, [email protected]; For Media Enquiries contact: Chris Allicock, 416-694-3131 (o), 416-319-8003 (c), [email protected]