This is the first in a series of articles examining public-private partnerships (PPPs), how they are carried out in other countries and how Canadian companies can participate in them. The scale of the opportunity is vast; in the United Kingdom alone, PPPs have accounted for USD110 billion worth of contracts since 1990. They can be of great interest to Canadian firms with expertise in legal and financial services, architectural services, engineering design and consulting services, and construction and management services.

Modern governments have many responsibilities. One of the most important is to provide citizens with a wide variety of public services, such as education, healthcare and transportation, together with the infrastructure and facilities needed to deliver them.

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