Area: Economic and financial studies
Region: Quebec City
Year: 2019-2021
Client: City of Quebec

Economic and financial study on the evolution of the snow removal industry

As part of the economic and financial study on the evolution of the snow removal industry for Quebec City, Groupe DDM first conducted a portrait of the evolution, trends and issues of the snow removal industry, and then identified the main changes in the industry in Quebec City. Groupe DDM then documented the evolution and the portrait of the companies operating in the snow removal industry and carried out a portrait of the best practices in contractual matters. Finally, the effects of the constraints and factors conditioning the bids and the execution of contracts and the factors explaining the pronounced increase in snow removal contract costs were evaluated, and proposals for improvement were suggested.

The mandate was divided into the following steps:

  • Literature review
  • Analysis of data provided by the City
  • Interviews and audits with contractors
  • Interviews with snow removal experts and associations
  • Analysis of clauses in specifications
  • Proposals for improvement

In the end, more than a dozen factors contributing to the pronounced increase in contracted snow removal costs were identified, and some 20 proposals for improvement concerning operational and administrative measures, the contracting process, increased competition and winter innovation were proposed.

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