November 24, 2015

Ernst & Young Confirms Regina Bypass P3 Saves $380 Million

The Saskatchewan Government released the value for money report for the publicly owned Regina Bypass project, which was prepared by Ernst & Young.  The independent procurement and financial experts confirm the P3 model will save taxpayers $380 million, or a little more than 16 per cent, compared to a traditional model.  These savings include P3-related costs, such as private financing.

A total investment of $1.88 billion (in today’s dollars) is being made in the highway including the cost of design, construction, finance, and more than 30 years of operations and maintenance to ensure the roadway remains in like-new condition.  Ernst & Young confirmed the same project would have cost $2.2 billion if it was delivered through a traditional approach.

“This report confirms what our government has said many times – that a P3 was the right decision for this project,” SaskBuilds Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “In addition to the savings identified by Ernst & Young, a P3 is the fastest way to build the Bypass and will ensure it’s done on-time and on-budget.”

The value for money report, redacted project agreement, Request for Qualifications, conformed Request for Proposal documents, and Fairness Advisor report are available on  This is in keeping with the province’s commitment to transparency by releasing procurement documents.  Engineering studies related to the Bypass are available at

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