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Some of the most eager federal promoters of privatization can be found at Industry Canada. This federal department is actively promoting public private partnerships (P3s) in public infrastructure, and is working to grease the wheels for Canadian businesses interested in making money from public services at home and abroad.

To make it easier for would-be shoppers, Industry Canada is co-sponsoring a catalogue of P3s with the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, as well as a guide for transitioning workers into privatized operations.

Industry Canada is also publishing its own inventory of P3s, called Canadian Excellence in Public-Private Infrastructure. The guide hopes to position Canada as a world leader in PPP and offers Canadian companies a unique opportunity to gain extensive international exposure.

Urging businesses to buy into the guide, Industry Canada promises that as a project sponsor you can boast about your signature P3 project in a document that will be distributed world-wide through Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates.

The documents targeted markets cover a wide variety of bases: government and private sector decision makers in North America, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe; International trade shows and Team Canada trade missions; International Financial Institutions; and Canadian provincial and municipal governments.

While Industry Canada is clearly open for business, it appears to be closed to the idea of supporting publicly owned and operated services.