For more information on how the procurement rules for different trade agreements may affect a given contract or purchase transaction, please see the following resources: Global Affairs Canada is a major source of information on trade negotiations and agreements. Each free trade agreement defines the public procurement covered by the United States and other contracting parties to the agreement. The Ontario government has worked with the federal government, provinces and territories to build closer ties with trading partners by entering into agreements that remove barriers to trade and investment. As a covered company, the University of Toronto is responsible for meeting public procurement obligations in the relevant chapters of CHAPTER 5 (public procurement), CETA (Chapter 19 – Public Procurement) and OQCTA (Chapter 9 – Public Procurement). If this view is correct, there could be two ways to implement a “Buy Australian” policy on public procurement: Canada and the United States are both signatories to the GPA WTO, which provides Canadian companies with free trade defence to participate in U.S. federal procurement markets, much like NAFTA. Canada is also working on the entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union (EU). Click here for an overview of the public procurement division and here for the text of the public procurement chapter, with Canada`s market access offer and the eu`s market access offer. In particular, there is a lack of data and information on the types of discriminatory purchasing measures implemented by governments.
To fill this gap, the OECD has developed a taxonomy of measures that affect public procurement and provide a classification system for the various policies, policies and procedures that may affect cross-border public procurement. The OECD taxonomy is not intended to judge the legitimacy of public policy objectives aimed at achieving procurement policies, but rather to highlight the trade impact of measures as an element to be taken into account in political decision-making and to inform governments considering less trade-restrictive measures in order to achieve the same policy objectives. All of our trade research and analysis can be read free of charge online on the OECD iLibrary The WTO GPA also allows Canadians to compete on an equal footing at the sub-federal level in certain circumstances. In February 2010, Canada and the United States agreed on open access to sub-federal contracts under WTO ACCORD rules. In the United States, 37 member states are signatories to the WTO GPA as “Federal Government Entities.” In these countries, Canadians now enjoy free trade protection under the World Trade ORGANIZATION (GPA) guidelines when the main value of the contract exceeds existing thresholds and no other declared waivers apply. If you have any questions about OECD research and analysis on trade, please contact us directly. 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.