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Joint-Use Schools Project

The Government of Saskatchewan is building 18 elementary schools on nine joint-use sites in the communities of:

  • Saskatoon
  • Regina
  • Warman
  • Martensville

The new schools are being built using a public-private partnership (P3) model to maximize savings and deliver the schools on-time and on-budget.

The school divisions will own and operate the schools.

Students, teachers, parents, school divisions and community members were involved in a hands on design process to prepare the school designs.

Work on the project is well underway, and schools are expected to be ready for students by September 2017.


1. Joint-Use Schools

Saskatchewan Joint-Use Schools

Joint-use schools consist of a public and Catholic school located in the same building, owned, and operated by the partner school divisions, with shared spaces like community resource centres and child care spaces.

Benefits of joint-use schools:

  • Provides extra benefits to the students in schools where specific programming may not have otherwise been offered
  • Strengthens partnerships between school divisions

The P3 schools are also being designed with the community in mind, providing after school access to:

  • The community resource centre
  • Gymnasium
  • Multi-purpose rooms

As well, each joint-use school will have a 90 space early learning centre - an additional 810 spaces across the province.


2. P3 Model

A P3 is a long-term performance-based contract between government and a private partner to deliver priority infrastructure such as:

  • Schools
  • Roads
  • Bridges
  • Health care facilities

Joint Use Mutual Partnership is the P3 team that will deliver the 18 new elementary schools on nine sites.

The team consists of:

  • Financiers
    • Concert Infrastructure Ltd.
    • Bird Capital Limited Partnerships
  • Contractors
    • Bird Design-Build Construction Inc.
    • Wright Construction Western Inc.
  • Architects
    • Kindrachuk Agrey Architecture
    • GEC Architecture
  • Service Providers
    • Johnson Controls Canada LP

Benefits of this P3 model include:

  • Delivering schools on-time and on-budget
  • Delivering 18 schools sooner than traditional method
  • Private sector (P3) partners assume the risk of cost overruns – not the taxpayer
  • The public is guaranteed a fixed price and delivery date for the 18 new elementary schools
  • Generates more jobs and opportunity (approx. 2300 jobs will be created)

3. Locations

The locations of the schools were determined through:

  • Projected enrolments
  • Population growth in key areas of the province
  • The capacity of neighbouring schools
Saskatoon Locations
Saskatoon Locations
Regina Locations
Regina Locations
Warman Locations
Warman Location
Martensville Location
Martensville Location

4. Enrolment Capacity

The 18 schools will accommodate up to 11,100 students from Prekindergarten to Grade 8 at full design capacity:

  • 3,300 students in Regina
  • 5,700 students in Saskatoon
  • 2,100 students in Warman and Martensville

5. Project Cost

Using a P3 will save Saskatchewan taxpayers $100 million.

The Government is investing $635 million in the project which includes:

  • The cost of construction
  • The cost of maintaining the schools in like-new condition over 30 years

It would have cost $735 million to build and maintain the schools in like-new condition using a traditional approach.

Saskatchewan joint-Use Schools


6. Design

Saskatchewan Joint-Use Schools


7. Project Timeline

Saskatchewan Joint-Use Schools

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