December 14, 2011
According to a recent poll, two-thirds of Canadians support public-private partnerships (P3s) for water treatment and sewage facilities. These numbers are up considerably from last year, when 53 percent of Canadians supported P3s for water treatment facilities and 58 percent supported them for sewage facilities.
Support is highest in Ontario. In this province, support for P3s for water treatment and sewage facilities is at 72 and 74 percent, respectively. This is an impressive gain from last year, when support was at just 48 and 52 percent, respectively.
The polling results are comparable in Atlantic Canada, where 74 percent support P3s for water treatment facilities, and 72 percent support them for sewage facilities.
Although residents of other provinces are less enthusiastic, majorities nonetheless support P3s for both water treatment and sewage facilities. Support for the former is at 65 percent in Quebec and the Prairies, and 60 percent in British Columbia. Support for the latter is at 65 percent in Quebec, 62 percent in the Prairies, and 58 percent in BC.
The telephone survey of 1,209 Canadians was conducted this fall by Nanos Research on behalf of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. The results are reported in From the Ground Up: Canadian Opinion on Public-Private Partnerships 2004-2011.