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Union pans $2.6-billion public-private contract to modernize federal heating, cooling

By Mike Lapointe      

The $2.6-billion contract will help reduce emissions by 60 per cent, says Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, but PSAC is concerned with public-private partnerships they say 'regularly fail.'

Liberal MP Steven McKinnon, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced June 4 a multi-billion dollar contract for modernizing the government-owned district energy system in the National Capital region. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Private-sector consortium Innovate Energy has been awarded a $2.6-billion, 35-year contract by the government of Canada to modernize and operate heating and cooling facilities in the National Capital Region. But the largest federal public service unions are crying foul, saying public-private partnerships “regularly fail.”

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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