Manitoba plans P3 schools bundle

The Manitoba government has announced plans to deliver three new schools under a single P3 contract.

Consumer Protection and Government Services Minister James Teitsma

Consumer Protection and Government Services Minister James Teitsma said that the three new schools would be delivered through a “cost-effective, bundled approach, effectively as a single project, to allow optimal value”.

The announcement came on top of the commitment from the government to deliver 20 schools by 2029. Fourteen of those are already underway and Teitsma outlined the next six that will be built to meet that target.

However, the three projects to be delivered via a P3 approach are additional to those 20 schools and will be the Manitoba government’s first foray into school P3s since coming into office.

The minister said full details of the P3 bundle are still to be worked out, but the private sector partner will bid on both the construction and maintenance of the schools. 

Teitsma said the bundled schools would be:

  • a Grade 9 to 12 vocational school and child-care centre in Beautiful Plains School Division;

  • a kindergarten to Grade 8 school and child-care centre in River East Transcona School Division; and

  • a Grade 9 to 12 vocational school and child-care centre in Seine River School Division.