The National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), presented by the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP), has presented Humber River Hospital with a Gold Award for Infrastructure.
Humber River Hospital, a joint venture between Humber River Hospital, Infrastructure Ontario and Plenary Health Care Partnerships, recently opened as North America’s first fully integrated and interoperable digital hospital. It is one of Canada’s largest acute health care facilities, designed over 30 acres to serve over 850,000 people in the northwestern Greater Toronto Area.
“The Council’s Awards Program this year is marked by a slate of distinguished award winners delivering unprecedented best-in-class infrastructure in transportation, health care, corrections and schools,” said Mark Romoff, president and CEO of CCPPP, in a press release. “These high-quality projects contribute to Canada’s strong track record of success for ground-breaking partnerships between business and government to address emerging and longstanding infrastructure needs in a variety of sectors across the country.”
P3s have become such an important part of infrastructure delivery that in the time between 2003 and 2012, there were 121 P3 projects in Canada which created a total of 290,000 direct full-time equivalent jobs, contributed $25.1 billion to direct GDP and garnered $9.9 billion in cost savings and $7.5 billion in tax revenues to federal and provincial governments. According to a study from the Conference Board of Canada, Canadian P3 projects deliver an average of 13 per cent in savings, compared to conventional projects.
“There are 238 P3 projects across Canada, with those that are already in operation or under construction valued at more than $81 billion, and they are making our daily lives easier, creating jobs, growing the economy and returning more money to governments to reinvest in public services,” said Romoff.
The awards were presented at the Council’s annual conference on Nov. 2. Other award recipients include Gold Award winners the New Champlain Bridge Corridor Project (Effective Procurement Award) and the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit Project (Project Financing Award). The Okanagan Correctional Centre Project (Community Involvement Award) and the Saskatchewan Joint Use Schools Project 1 and 2 (Innovative Partnerships Award) were both awarded Silver Awards. The P3 Champion Award went to Sarah Clark at Partnerships BC.