McGuinty Government Stands By Publicly Owned, Publicly Accountable, Publicly Controlled Hospitals

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McGuinty Government Stands By Publicly Owned, Publicly Accountable, Publicly Controlled Hospitals

Ministry of Infrastructure

Alternate Financing And Procurement Method Ensures Projects Are Built On Time And On Budget TORONTO, Sept. 26 - Minister of Public Infrastructure and Renewal David Caplan today re-affirmed that Ontario's hospitals, roads and schools will remain publicly owned, publicly accountable and publicly controlled. "The old system wasn't working. Our hospitals on average are over 40 years old. Our roads and bridges need work done now. I'm proud that we have made the decisions to move ahead with these projects now while still keeping public control over these facilities," said Caplan. Alternative financing and procurement (AFP) means that construction work will be financed and carried out by the private sector, which will assume the financial risks if the project is not finished on time and on budget. Once the hospital is built, it will be publicly owned, controlled and accountable. The McGuinty government's five-year, $30-billion "ReNew Ontario" infrastructure plan calls for a wide range of investments in co-operation with the private sector, allowing the Government of Ontario to rely on the knowledge and skills of its private-sector partners. For years, all levels of governments have used the expertise of the private sector to design and construct public infrastructure. The McGuinty government is committed to making sure that hospitals, highways and schools remain publicly controlled. Furthermore, where operations are involved, the terms of all existing collective agreements will be honoured. This commitment applies to all aspects of the project -- from its design and construction to its ongoing operation. "As I re-iterated this morning to members of the Standing Committee on Estimates, now is not the time to be put in a position of choosing -- adequate hospitals, transit systems and highways need to be built after years of neglect -- and they need to be built now. Our publicly owned, publicly accountable and publicly controlled partnership with the private sector will make that investment a reality," added Caplan. www.pir.gov.on.ca Disponible en fran├žais.For further information: Contacts: Wilson Lee, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8735; John Letherby, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810