The Federal Court of Appeal recently issued a decision that solidified the ability of foreign companies to initiate procurement complaints under the Agreement on Internal Trade. Furthermore, the decision will require government institutions to adhere to recommendations of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.
Including: Relevant Authorities and Legislation; Structure of PFI/PPP Arrangements; Procurement of PFI/PPP Arrangements; Financing of PFI/PPP Arrangements; Contract Terms - General; Contract Terms - Change of Law/Political Risk; Property and Planning Law; Employment and Pensions Law; Insurance.
In the 2007 Budget the federal government announced a significant investment in infrastructure of more than C$16 billion over a period of seven years. This brings federal support under the new long-term plan for infrastructure to a total of C$33 billion.
In the past 18 months two major requests for proposals have been issued in Quebec. The first, announced by Hydro-Québec Distribution, relates to the supply of 2,000 megawatts of wind power and could generate as much as C$5 billion in investment in Quebec. The wind power generated by this project will be phased in between 2009 and 2013.
Well-established markets for public-private partnerships (PPPs) already exist in the United Kingdom and Australia. These models are being imported and adapted for use in British Columbia; as the Canadian and provincial PPP markets mature and become more familiar with these models, greater opportunities for cost-effective, value-added solutions to traditional public sector service delivery exist.
In recent months there have been several notable developments in relation to major projects taking place in Quebec. For example, the Quebec Treasury Board has released a second progress report on its 2004-2007 Modernization Plan, which involves several projects initiated as public-private partnerships.