The full rate of indexed thresholds applicable to all contracting entities covered by the CFTA, including provincial and municipal entities, is available on the CFTA secretariat website. Supply thresholds are the monetary values to which government procurement obligations under Canadian free trade agreements generally apply to specific purchases made by covered companies. The thresholds for public procurement are indexed every two years at the beginning of the calendar year according to the formula of the public procurement chapter of the applicable inflation agreement. Service coverage 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. 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. Canada`s free trade agreements do not impede the inclusion of measures for aboriginal peoples and/or businesses in 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. The thresholds applicable between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 for contracts subject to free trade agreements in which the federal government participates are listed below. National and international trade agreements with public procurement obligations: trade agreements contain dollar thresholds where they would apply. For more information, please see the guidelines on booking thresholds.
In the event of recourse or recourse to a land freeze or waiver, some or all aspects of public procurement may not be subject to specific obligations arising from trade agreements. In such cases, in order to reduce risk, contract agents should continue to monitor, as far as possible, the obligations arising from trade agreements and depart only from the fact that this is necessary to achieve the purpose or objectives for which the exemption is applied or for which the land freeze is applied. In its December 21, 2017 Contract Policy Communication, the Council of Treasury Secretaries of Canada released an updated set of inflation-indexed contracting thresholds that came into effect on January 1, 2018. The notice contains the new thresholds for public procurement under Canada`s International Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (GPA) Public Procurement Agreement, as well as Canada`s National Free Trade Agreement, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), which came into force in July 2017. For more information about CFTA, visit our July 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Canada`s Procurement System Gets a Boost: CFTA Now in Effect, CETA on Its Heels. If the main order meets or exceeds these dollar thresholds, Canadian companies are allowed to compete on an equal footing with U.S. firms, unless an exception applies (for example. B, the closure of small businesses). 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 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