New West Partnership Trade Agreement Exemptions

For feedback and general questions about the role of the Government of Alberta in these national and international trade agreements, please contact the Trade Policy Office. 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). To the extent that there are contradictions between a company`s obligations under the NWPTA and the AIT, the company must determine which requirement is 「more liberalized for business investment and labour mobility」 and then proceed with the acquisition on the basis of this requirement. Note: There are currently no registration requirements for individual companies or general partnerships engaged in extra-provincial activities (in provinces other than your home province). However, they must obtain the necessary licences and authorizations, as required by local governments in their legal orders. However, the existence of simultaneous procurement requirements under both the NWPTA and the AIT is likely to complicate the scope of public procurement in the three western provinces, as these entities must consider the application of these two agreements to their existing procurement practices. The CPTPP contains many public procurement provisions, which are similar to Canada`s other obligations in the international trade agreement on non-discrimination, fairness, openness and transparency. Unless otherwise provided by the CPTPP, its procurement obligations apply to the Province of British Columbia and to provincial departments, boards of directors, commissions, agencies and committees. Many public sector organizations in Canada are subject to national or international trade agreements that may affect procurement processes. c. the need to balance professional standards with regulatory measures to ensure the free movement of people and the removal of barriers to trade and investment within Canada. The Province of British Columbia is a party to a number of trade agreements, including the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) and the Canadian National Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) and the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) and is subject to the provisions of some other trade agreements, including the World Trade Organization`s Public Procurement Agreement (OMCPA) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.

Departments must respect the terms of these trade agreements when contracting. The NWPTA, which came into force in 2010, is a trade agreement between the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.