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The City of Ottawa’s auditor general has promised to look at whether the municipality’s partnerships with private companies are “worthwhile.”

Alain Lalonde has said he will examine whether or not the city is gaining anything through its P3 contracts. Over the past few years, the city has been contracting private companies to deliver formerly public services, especially in the areas of recreation and sports complexes. Some city councillors are questioning this practice.

The private sector may be better at delivering services in some areas, but it’s not automatic,” Lalonde said.

The AG’s office will investigate whether the city’s private partners are living up to their agreements financially, and whether they are delivering the services at the levels they are contracted to provide.