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Section PS 3160 - Public Private Partnerships

Effective date:

This Section applies to fiscal years beginning on or after April 1, 2023. Early adoption is encouraged.

Pub­lished by PSAB:

April 2021


This Section establishes standards on how to account for public private partnership arrangements. The main features of the new Section are:

  • Public private partnership infrastructure is procured by a public sector entity using a private sector partner that is obligated to design, build, acquire or better infrastructure; finance the infrastructure past the point where the infrastructure is ready for use; and operate and/or maintain the infrastructure.
  • Public private partnership infrastructure is recognized as an asset when the public sector entity acquires control of the infrastructure. A liability is recognized when the public sector entity recognizes an asset.
  • An infrastructure asset acquired in a private partnership arrangement is recorded at the public sector entity's cost. The liability is initially measured at the cost of the infrastructure asset.
  • Subsequent measurement of the infrastructure asset is based on the asset cost amortized in a rational and systematic manner over the useful life of the asset.
  • Subsequent measurement of a financial liability should be at amortized cost using the effective interest method. For a performance obligation, revenue should be recognized and the liability reduced in accordance with the substance of the public private partnership agreement.


History of Section PS 3160




April 2021

New Sec­tion

This Section applies to fiscal years beginning on or after April 1, 2023. Early adoption is encouraged.

Note: The above summary does not include details of consequential amendments made as the result of other projects.

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