Surrey, British Columbia, September 20, 2012
2012-108

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Government of Canada and the City of Surrey working together to deliver improved waste practices through P3

Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood–Port Kells, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced the Harper Government’s investment in a public-private partnership (P3) to support the construction of a new organics biofuel facility for the City of Surrey. Ms. Grewal was joined at the event by Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.

The Harper Government will contribute up to $16.9 million through the P3 Canada Fund. The proposed 80,000-metric-tonne-per-year facility will help the City of Surrey and Metro Vancouver achieve the regional 70-per-cent waste diversion target by 2015.

“Our Government believes that public-private partnerships can build public infrastructure faster and provide better value for taxpayers’ dollars,” said Ms. Grewal. “This new facility will deliver a long-term, modern approach to solid waste management that is environmentally responsible and safe for all surrounding communities.”

“Surrey’s new organics biofuel facility will establish a new benchmark in Canada and provide environmental benefits to the entire region. It will help us reduce emissions, create viable new energy infrastructure, divert waste from the landfill, and become more sustainable in our operations,” said Ms. Watts. She added that it will be the largest facility of its kind in the country.

The organics biofuel facility will process residential and commercial kitchen and yard waste into a renewable fuel, which will then be used to power vehicles, including the City’s new fleet of 100-per-cent compressed natural gas waste collection trucks. The facility will be situated on City-owned property located in Port Kells, adjacent to the Surrey Transfer Station.

The City collects waste from approximately 100,000 homes. Based on recent studies, Surrey has concluded that approximately 65 per cent of its residential garbage is comprised of organic waste that could be diverted for this purpose.

A private partner will be chosen to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the facility in a long-term agreement. An open Request for Qualifications process is expected to be released by the City early in 2013, followed by a subsequent invitation to short-listed proponents to participate in a Request for Proposal in the spring of 2013.

The P3 Canada Fund is a merit-based program with the objective of supporting P3 infrastructure projects that achieve value for Canadians, develop the Canadian P3 market and generate significant public benefits. PPP Canada was established by the Government of Canada to improve the delivery of public infrastructure by achieving better value, timeliness and accountability to taxpayers, through public-private partnerships.

For information on PPP Canada and the Government of Canada’s P3 Canada Fund investments, visit the PPP Canada website.

For further information, media may contact:

Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
613-996-7861

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance
613-996-8080

Tara Foslien
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604-591-4519/604-374-4584

PPP Canada Media Inquiries: media@p3canada.ca or
613-947-9480/1-877-947-9480

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