Canada is a signatory to the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement, which aims to open up government procurement between participants. The province is subject to the provisions of the WTO GPA by an agreement between the province and the Government of Canada. The WTO GPA establishes rules that require an open, fair and transparent playing field. The rules applicable from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021 for government procurement subject to free trade agreements to which the federal government is subject are listed below. The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (IATTC) is the primary quasi-judicial institution in the Canadian trade settlement system. The IATTC has the power to investigate complaints about contracts under trade agreements. For more information, see: This opinion on contractual policy has three elements: the replacement of NAFTA, the updated thresholds for obtaining free trade agreements, and the collection of country of origin statistics. Every two years, the thresholds for free trade agreements are updated. This communication amends the thresholds in Contracting Policy Notice 2018-01 to provide new thresholds expressed in Canadian dollars.
All thresholds are valid for the period from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021. Global Affairs Canada is a leading source of information on trade negotiations and agreements. The government procurement obligations of other trade agreements in which the Government of Canada participates continue to apply. It is strongly recommended that companies review the obligations under these agreements to ensure that they take into account all changes resulting from the repeal of NAFTA. The WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) is a legally binding agreement that allows companies to compete on an equal footing in foreign government procurement. Although not all WTO members are bound by this agreement, signatories to the WTO AGREEMENT are required to provide open access to domestic government procurement at the federal level if the contracts exceed the dollar value thresholds. Canada and the United States are both signatories to the WTO GPA, which grants Canadian companies free trade protection to participate in the United States. . . .