1. Q: When are submissions due?

A: Submissions are due no later than noon (12:00 p.m.) ET on Friday, September 15, 2023. They must be submitted electronically to partners@pppcouncil.ca


  1. Q: Is there a fee for applying?

A: No, the Council does not charge a fee for National Award applications.


  1. Q: What constitutes a public-private partnership?

A: For the purposes of an awards application, a public-private partnership is a project delivery model that: (i) provides infrastructure and services to Canadians using efficient solutions to public sector objectives; (ii) provides value to taxpayers; and (iii) reflects each of the following attributes:

  • Allocation of risk to the party best suited to manage it
  • Consideration of the whole life cycle of the asset
  • Promotion of innovation and efficiencies, and
  • Leveraging of private capital and expertise


  1. Q: What is a public sector partner?

A: A public sector partner is the partner from the public sector, for example, a level of government (federal, provincial or municipal), an agency representing such government, a public institution (such as a school, hospital or post-secondary institution) or a non-profit or not-for-profit corporation.


  1. Q: What is a private sector partner?

A: A private sector partner is a company that operates solely in the private sector, be it a partnership, joint venture or incorporated entity.


  1. Q: Does a contracting out arrangement between a public sector entity and a private sector entity constitute a public-private partnership?

A: No, this is not a true public-private partnership as there is no sharing, by both partners, of resources, risks and rewards.


  1. Q: If a partner provides a grant or a financial commitment is made, but there is no other active involvement by one or more partners, can this be considered a public-private partnership?

A: A grant from a level of government or a straight financial commitment without involvement from the private or public sector partner or partners cannot be considered a public-private partnership. There must be a mutual decision-making process that pertains directly to a public-private partnership at all stages.


  1. Q: How many public and private partners constitute a public-private partnership?

A: There is no limit to the number of public and private partners that can be involved in the partnership.  However, there must be at least one public and one private partner, each sharing in the appropriate allocation of resources, risks and rewards in the nominated project.


  1. Q: Who can I call to clarify whether our public-private partnership meets the criteria or if we have any other questions regarding our application?

A: Please contact partners@pppcouncil.ca if you have questions regarding your submission