Subject: Updated thresholds for national and international free trade agreements with purchasing obligations: the scope of services varies according to international trade agreements. It is important to note that in some ITAs, such as the WTO GMA, the general rule is that only the services specifically mentioned are covered, while in others, such as the Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement, the general rule is that all services are covered, except those specifically mentioned. Examples: Canada`s free trade agreements do not impede the integration of measures for Aboriginal peoples and/or businesses into public procurement. These include purchase obligations under modern contracts (Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements). For more information on Comprehensive Land Agreements (CLCAs), see 9.35 Modern Contracts. For more information on the Aboriginal Business Procurement Strategy (PSAB), see 9.40 Purchasing Strategy for Aboriginal Businesses. Canada`s Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force on July 1, 2017 and replaced the Internal Trade Agreement (ITA). It is an intergovernmental agreement to promote improved inter-provincial trade by removing inter-provincial barriers and promoting the free movement of people, goods, services and investments within Canada, and to strengthen coherence with the obligations of the provincial treaty under the Comprehensive Economic Agreement between Canada and the European Union (CETA) and the WTO Public Procurement Agreement (CETA). The list of general exceptions to a trade agreement is generally included in the “Safety and General Exceptions” section of the “Public Markets” chapter; However, some trade agreements, such as the CPTPP. B also include exceptions in a specific “Exceptions” chapter. This communication on contract policy has three elements: the replacement of NAFTA, the updated thresholds for contracting for free trade agreements, and the collection of country-of-origin statistics. contracting will then be covered by the trade agreement and the obligations of the trade agreement will apply. Canada and the United States are both signatories to the WTO ACCORD, which provides Canadian companies with free trade protection for their participation in U.S.
federal supply markets, similar to NAFTA. This is important because most of the purchase funds may come from the Confederation, but the purchase entity will be in most projects at the national or local level. While these trade agreements do not apply to municipalities, open access to public procurement is an important advantage of the WTO GPA and offers significant new opportunities. The thresholds applicable from July 1, 2020 apply to contracts subject to free trade agreements in which the federal government participates: for GASTA, all products are covered, unless they are included in the “non-application” provision of the “Public Procurement” chapter or in Canada`s calendar in the chapter attached to the public procurement chapter. As a general rule, international trade agreements apply to all products. For the Department of National Defence (DND), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), only certain goods are covered.