Regina, June 14, 2013

Archived - New Wastewater Treatment Facility to Improve Environmental Protection, Create Jobs and Stimulate Economic Growth in the City of Regina

Archived information

Archived information is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please contact us to request a format other than those available.

On behalf of the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, Tom Lukiwski, Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Regina–Lumsden–Lake Centre, today announced a P3 Canada Fund investment of up to $58.5 million to support the construction of the City of Regina’s new Wastewater Treatment Plant. Mr. Lukiwski was joined at the event by Regina Mayor Michael Fougere.

This investment will allow the City of Regina to serve a growing population by modernizing its wastewater treatment processes, increasing its treatment capacity and improving wastewater quality to protect the natural environment. When completed, the new facility will be capable of processing a flow rate of 92 million litres of wastewater per day and better prevent contaminants from entering Saskatchewan’s waterways.

“This is a significant investment that will improve our quality of life in many ways such as improving environmental protection, creating good local jobs and stimulating economic growth,” said Mr. Lukiwski. “At the same time, we are engaging the private sector through the use of a public-private partnership (P3) which will ensure taxpayers get good value for money.”

“The Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade is one of the City’s largest and most complex projects to date,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “We believe this is a wise investment and are pleased with the federal government’s support. This support will reduce the costs for taxpayers as we move forward with a P3 to secure the best value for residents.”

Through a competitive bidding process, a private sector proponent will be selected to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new wastewater treatment facility over a 30-year period. By entering into a long-term P3 agreement, the City will transfer significant risks, over the whole lifecycle of the project, to the private sector. This risk transfer will allow the City of Regina to realize greater value for taxpayers’ dollars. Regina will retain ownership of the infrastructure, will continue to control sewer rates, and will ensure that quality and safety standards are met.

This project will upgrade the existing infrastructure and will include additional treatment processes to meet new environmental regulations and reduce the levels of ammonia, nitrogen and phosphorus in the receiving water.

PPP Canada Inc. 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. PPP Canada acts as a leading source on P3 matters through knowledge development and sharing. In addition, the Corporation provides expertise and advice in assessing and executing P3 opportunities at the federal level as well as leveraging greater value for money from federal investments in provincial, territorial, municipal and First Nations infrastructure through the P3 Canada Fund.

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.

For information on PPP Canada and P3 Canada Fund investments visit their website.

For information on Regina’s Wastewater Treatment Plant project, please visit their website.

For further information, media may contact:

Kathleen Perchaluk
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance

Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance

Desirae Bernreuther
Communications Branch
City of Regina

PPP Canada Media Inquiries: or

Stay connected: