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Choosing the Right Model for Each Project – IO’s Procurement and Project Delivery Approach 

IO considers a range of procurement options in delivering its major infrastructure projects. This approach ensures that IO can select the best option for each project. It is recognized around the world for its success in delivering projects through its made-in-Ontario P3 program along with completing thousands of smaller projects using more traditional approaches and newer models as well.  

IO aims to build on its success by adapting and expanding on its approaches to suit the realities of a changing marketplace and the current infrastructure needs of government. 

Four core objectives have always been at the heart of our approach: 

  • Creating competition and enabling innovation; 
  • Allocating project risks to the right party and appropriately incentivizing/ensuring performance;
  • Taking a total lifecycle approach to assets – by integrating responsibility for the design, construction, and maintenance where possible; 
  • Providing as much cost certainty as possible for taxpayers.

When working to determine the best delivery options for a project, IO uses its Procurement Options Analysis (POA) methodology. The POA supports the documentation of analytical work while also providing a framework to help assess the non-quantifiable benefits and risks of the procurement options under consideration for a given project. Learn more about IO’s POA methodology.

This glossary includes models that cover the entire industry spectrum, ranging from more traditional all-public approaches to public-private partnerships, as well as private approaches. Ontario’s approach to our projects is to maintain public ownership of the asset. As such, not all of the models below are used by Infrastructure Ontario. Those that are considered and used by IO are identified as such.