We are committed to finding alternative ways to finance and deliver infrastructure projects. This means using a combination of traditional and innovative financing and delivery models, including public-private partnerships (P3) and unsolicited proposals.
The updated Public-Private Partnership Framework and Guideline increases our options as to what P3 model can be considered for capital project delivery including variants such as design-build-finance and revenue based P3s, such as build-operate-transfer.
The new Unsolicited Proposal Framework and Guideline provides us with the ability to consider unsolicited infrastructure investment opportunities that previously were missed or rejected because there wasn’t a mechanism in place to process them.
News release: Attracting private investment for public infrastructure.
We are in the procurement stage to secure a contractor to deliver a bundle of 5 high schools using a P3.
News release: Building the schools Alberta needs.
News release: P3 opportunity now open to build Alberta schools.
Current unsolicited proposals
We encourage the private sector to submit unsolicited proposals for the financing and delivery of public infrastructure. Details about submitting proposals can be found in the Unsolicited Proposal Framework and Guideline.
Forty new Alberta schools have been built since 2008 under Public-private partnerships (P3) contracts. All of these schools, owned and operated by various school jurisdictions across Alberta, are now in the operations phase and maintained by the P3 Contractor.
The Evan-Thomas Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility in Kananaskis Country was expanded and upgraded using a P3 delivery method. The facility is in the operations phase and operated by the P3 Contractor.
Phase 1 schools
In September 2008, the Alberta government entered into an agreement with BBPP Alberta Schools Limited to design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) 18 new schools. School construction was completed in June 2010.
BBPP will maintain the schools until June 2040. BBPP’s performance is monitored by the Alberta government throughout this period.
Phase 2 schools
In April 2010, the Alberta government entered into an agreement with B2L Partnership for the DBFM of 10 new Alberta schools. School construction was completed in June 2012.
B2L Partnership will maintain the schools until June 2042. B2L’s performance is monitored by the Alberta government throughout this period.
Phase 3 schools
In September 2012, the Alberta government entered into an agreement with ABC Schools Partnership for the DBFM of 12 new Alberta schools. School construction was completed in June 2014.
ABC Schools Partnership will maintain the schools until June 2044. ABC’s performance is monitored by the Alberta government throughout this period.
Evan-Thomas Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility
Under the P3 delivery model of Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO), EPCOR designed, built and provided partial financing for the project.
EPCOR is also responsible for operating the new water treatment plant, the new wastewater treatment plant, and the water storage and distribution systems until 2024 (10 years).
Ownership of the facility remains with the Alberta government. This project was completed in 2014. EPCOR’s performance is monitored by the Alberta government throughout the 10-year period.
Connect with the Properties Division:
Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement
6950 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5V7