Glossary

Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI)

The mission of the Société québécoise des infrastructures is to :

  • Support public bodies in the management of their public infrastructure projects.
  • Develop, maintain and manage a real estate portfolio that meets the needs of these organizations.

The SQI makes buildings available to organizations while providing the following services:

  • construction
  • operations
  • real estate management

Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor (SCT)

The Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor (SCT) is the administrative arm of the Conseil du trésor. Created in 1971, its legal basis is the Public Administration Act.

The Conseil du trésor is a standing committee of the Conseil de ministres. It has five ministers and exercises the duties and powers conferred to it by the Public Administration Act, other legislation, or the government.

Cabinet

The Premier presides over the Cabinet and has the prerogative of appointing its members, who form the government’s main decision-making body.

During weekly meetings, the Cabinet makes decisions regarding the implementation of the province’s laws and its administration and functioning.

Functional Program

“A well-articulated problem is already half-solved.” This sentence summarizes what the architect does when developing the Functional Program. Through program activities with the community, the architect clearly defines the problem to devise sound architectural solutions. This document describes the essential requirements that a building must meet for its activities to be carried out effectively. For example, the document indicates the area required for the building’s activities, its types of spaces, and even the functional relationships between spaces. As an analogy, the Functional Program is like a recipe book for the future project: all the ingredients are listed along with the instructions on how to put them together to get the best result.

Public body initiating the project (OPIP)

As its name suggests, the public body initiating the project (OPIP) is the organization that initiates the construction project. The OPIP for the FACE School is the CSSDM.

Business File

The Business File details the best long-term option approved by the Cabinet and outlines the project management plan with the actions needed to complete the project within the investment envelopes established by the SCT based on the set investment limits. The Business File must be certified in writing by the SQI, OPIP and the minister responsible—in our case, the Minister of Education —and then submitted to the SCT for its opinion. After getting an opinion from the SCT, the minister responsible for the OPIP must get the Cabinet’s approval for the Business File and authorization to proceed with the project.

For more details about the Business File, consult the “Directive sur la gestion des projets majeurs d’infrastructure publique” (Directive on the management of major public infrastructure projects).

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