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Alberta to pursue contracts with private builders to construct five new schools

Last Updated Nov 6, 2019 at 8:23 am MST

Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda (centre, rear) appears with Minister Adriana LaGrange at an announcement for new schools in the province. (PHOTO: Saif Kaisar, 660 NEWS)

EDMONTON – Alberta is back in the business of partnering with the private sector to build schools.

Infrastructure Minister Prasad Panda said five of 25 new school projects being built over the next five years may be constructed using the so-called P3 method.

Under the public, private partnership model, government strikes a deal with a private contractor to have the contractor design, build and in some cases maintain infrastructure such as a school or highway.

Panda says he believes there are strong business cases to building the five schools using the P3 method, with a request for qualifications going out to industry in the spring.

He said given tight finances, Alberta needs to look at alternative financing options.

He adds each case will be looked at so it makes sense for taxpayers.