Implementation of integrated project delivery in Quebec’s procurement for public infrastructure: A comparative and relational perspective

Article de Gabriel Jobidon, Pierre Lemieux et Robert Beauregard

Abstract

Province of Quebec (Canada) is in the process of implementing integrated project delivery (IPD) in its procurement process for public infrastructure to more effectively and efficiently achieve functional, environmental, and economic objectives. This paper analyzes the procurement legislation, regulations, and context of three jurisdictions through a comparative law approach and under the light of Macneil’s relational contract theory. It is found that Quebec’s procurement process has transactional features that should be counterbalanced, in the context of IPD implementation, by focusing on relational values, whether at the macro or personal level. These relational mechanisms should help legislators and public bodies establishing and operationalizing a viable and relational context of professional services and construction works procurement for IPD projects.