On Quality of Service
- Is the quality or level of service likely to be reduced and how?
- Is accessibility to the service threatened by the PPP?
- Does the PPP pose any risks to the health and safety of the public?
- Are there increased environmental risks arising from private control of the project?
On the Impact for Workers and Communities
- Will the PPP mean job loss?
- Will the private sector honour the existing collective agreement?
- Will the union be negotiating with the private sector?
- What is the labour relations record of the private sector corporation?
- Will the private sector maintain health and safety standards?
- Are there potential economic costs to the community through job loss, closure of facilities or purchase of materials and supplies from outside the community?
On Efficiency and Cost Savings
- Does the PPP claim to provide the service at a lower cost than the public sector?
- How does it claim to accomplish this? Through new technology, restructuring, cheaper financing, less expensive inputs, economies of scale?
- Are these claims reasonable or is the private sector low-balling cost estimates to win approval?
- Are they underestimating some costs and failing to include hidden costs?
- Will the public pay more for the service either directly through user fees or indirectly through higher taxes?
On Financial Risk and Accountability
- Is the private investment or financing guaranteed by the public sector?
- Is the private sector guaranteed a minimum amount of revenue by the public sector?
- Is the private sector given inflation protection allowing them to raise the price of the service?
- Is the private sector liable for cost and time overruns?
- Is the private sector liable for health and environmental problems?
- Is the PPP agreement completely accessible to the public?
- Will the ongoing operations of the PPP be accountable to the public?