Transportation Authority Model
June 2014 | Nick Mulder
An ongoing challenge for Ring of Fire (RoF) mineral development is who will pay for the required infrastructure and how it will be organized, planned, managed and implemented. A properly designed Authority model could be more effective than a traditional Crown Corporation to meet the infrastructure needs. The Authority model would maintain the core elements as formulated in Canadian Airport/Port Authorities, but would need to be tailored to fit the unique challenges of RoF development. An effective model would place the onus and risks on all the stakeholders and not just the provincial government and taxpayers, while maintaining elements of independence, inclusiveness, risk sharing, market-driven, political independence and legislated legally binding powers.