The Ontario government is working towards improving public infrastructure with the help of the private sector.
The government is launching a new framework for receiving and evaluating infrastructure proposals from the private sector.
Proposals submitted to the government that were not requested are called unsolicited proposals (USP); this will be the first formal process for submitting USPs to the government in Ontario.
“An unsolicited proposal framework is a leading global practice to leverage the expertise of the private sector to develop innovative infrastructure solutions to benefit the people of Ontario and make government open for business,” Laurie Scott, minister of infrastructure, said in a news release.
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“It provides a clear path for industry to share proposals we might otherwise not have developed on our own,” Scott continued.
The program is accepting proposals for any type of infrastructure, including proposals related to: transit lines and stations, highways, health care facilities, housing supply projects, energy generation and storage projects and “digital infrastructure” (such as broadband and cellular network expansion).
“We will always work hard for the people, but we must acknowledge that government doesn’t always have all the answers,” Scott added. “Our new USP framework will ensure we are listening to the people and businesses that build and operate infrastructure in Ontario to find the best ideas and make them a reality.”
For the government to approve a proposal, it must provide a benefit to the residents of Ontario, while also being feasible to implement from a technical and commercial perspective, as well as a financial one (since it will likely be funded by taxpayer money).