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Government Service Partnerships

Service partnerships are a form of regional service delivery that can take on the form of multiple types of partnerships, including:

  • Inter-municipal;
  • Municipal-First Nation;
  • Provincial-municipal; or
  • Federal-municipal.

A group of municipalities can enter into a regional agreement for the provision of some good or service on a regional basis.

This approach requires research to determine the strategic advantages and efficiencies. This type of partnership is typically used to manage partnerships relating to solid waste, transit, fire and emergency services, and water and wastewater management.

Legislative Authority: S. 4, 42-43 MA, S. 4, 63-64 NMA and S. 4, 33-34 CA

Public-Private Partnership (P3)

P3s are a long-term, performance-based financing arrangement between the public and private sector.

P3s are designed to transfer a portion of a project’s risk and reward to the private sector. There are many types of P3s that can be designed to fit a municipality’s need. P3s can include a combination of:

  • Design;
  • Build;
  • Operate;
  • Maintain; and
  • Finance.

P3s are most often used for large new infrastructure such as transportation, water and wastewater, and recreation facilities. Find more information at SaskBuilds.

Legislative Authority: S. 4 MA, S. 4 NMA and S. 4 CA


Private organizations fund a portion or all of a project in return for public recognition through advertising, signs or monuments, hospitality opportunities or on-site sales promotions.

This is often used for recreational areas and facilities, or when a sponsoring organization has a specific interest in the infrastructure.

Sponsorships can be used by municipalities of any size, but likely more applicable to larger urban centres that will generally have more commercial sources.

Legislative Authority: S. 4 MA, S. 4 NMA and S. 4 CA

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