The bad news is there will be a 2 to 3 month delay for the opening of the new Saskatchewan Hospital in North Battleford, but the good news is there will be no extra cost for the province.
Instead it will be up to the P3 vendor, Access Prairies Partnership to handle the extra costs. APP says a subcontractor has been unable to deliver according to schedule, so it can't meet the June target date. Minister responsible for SaskBuilds, David Marit, says the consortium has hired extra staff and added a night shift to try to catch up. The internal issue that has caused the delay wasn't relayed to the government. Marit estimates the monthly late penalty at somewhere around $1.25-million. Premier Scott Moe says with every major project an audit process is done beforehand to look at funding methods. In some cases, like the Warman and Martensville overpasses, the traditional funding was used but in other cases, like the new schools and the new mental health facility in North Battleford, the P3 process was used.