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Joint-Use Schools Project

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

  • Saskatoon
  • Regina
  • Warman
  • Martensville

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

The school divisions 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.

The schools opened September 2017.


1. 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:

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


There are many features of the 18 schools that will benefit the students, teachers and the community, including:

  • Large community resource space;
  • Large open common areas for student gathering;
  • Large windows to create bright learning spaces;
  • Outdoor learning spaces;
  • Presentation stairs;
  • Barn door and garage door walls;
  • In-floor heating; and
  • Technologically rich learning spaces.

Environmentally friendly design

Each building meets LEED silver standards and will include innovative efficiencies, such as:

  • Large windows throughout the school that allow more natural daylight;
  • Automated lighting systems that adjust to natural light and that turn on and off based on room occupancy;
  • High efficient water fixtures and landscaping designs to reduce water consumption, and
  • More locations and storage throughout the schools to recycle.


Regina Saskatoon

Regina P3 School Sites Map

Saskatoon Map

Martensville Warman

Martensville Map

Warman Map

2. K-8 Education

The 18 schools can 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

See the list of schools below:


Rosewood Park

  • Plainsview School
  • St. Nicholas School

The Greens on Gardiner

  • École Wascana Plains School
  • École St. Elizabeth

Harbour Landing

  • École Harbour Landing School
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School

Saskatoon & Region

Hampton Village

  • Ernest Lindner School
  • St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic School


  • Sylvia Fedoruk School
  • St. Nicholas Catholic School


  • Colette Bourgonje School
  • St. Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic School


  • Chief Whitecap School
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School


  • Lake Vista Public School
  • École Holy Mary Catholic School


  • Traditions Elementary School
  • Holy Trinity Catholic School

3. Community Spaces and Child Care Centres

The P3 schools are also 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 has a 90 space early learning centre - an additional 810 spaces across the province.

See the list of childcare operators below:


Rosewood Park

  • Hopes Home

The Greens on Gardiner

  • First Years Learning Center Inc.

Harbour Landing

  • YMCA Harbour Landing Childcare Centre

Saskatoon & Region

Hampton Village

  • Tykes and Tots Early Learning Centre


  • Evergreen Early Learning Centre


  • CFS Saskatoon Early Learning and Family Centre


  • Preston Early Learning Centre


  • YMCA Child Development Centre


  • Hope’s Home

4. 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 delivered 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 were created)

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; and
  • 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.

Infographic: Joint-Use Schools Project


5. Project Timeline

Infographic: Joint-Use Schools Project Timeline

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