Government Procurement

Foreign government procurement markets are worth hundreds of billions of dollars annually and offer significant potential opportunities for Canadian exporters. Government procurement obligations in international trade agreements help to ensure that Canadian suppliers of goods and services are treated in an open, transparent and non-discriminatory manner when they sell to governments outside of Canada. In addition to suppliers, open procurement markets benefit governments and taxpayers by increasing competition, widening the choice of goods and services available and, importantly, lowering costs.

New: The Government Procurement Chapter of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement entered into force on January 14, 2016. Accordingly, Canadian suppliers have gained improved and secure access to procurement above 100,000,000 Korean Won carried out by 45 Korean government entities. The Revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) also entered into force for Korea on the same day, providing Canadian suppliers with new guaranteed access to municipal and local entities as well as railroads, public transit and utilities. The details are available by following the relevant links.

Government Procurement Agreements

Canada is working on a number of fronts to improve and secure government procurement market access for Canadian suppliers. Several agreements are already in place that benefit Canadian suppliers. These include:

Canada is also working to bring the Canada - European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) into force. Click here for an overview of the government procurement section, and here for the text of the chapter on government procurement with Canada’s market access offer and the EU’s market access offer.*

*Please note that the text of the CETA agreement is presented here for information purposes. The text presented in this document is as it stands at the end of the negotiations between Canada and the EU. It will be subject to legal review, a process that will also involve formatting. Subsequent to the legal review and formatting the complete text will become binding upon the completion of the ratification process by both Canada and the EU.

For information on the government procurement provisions contained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), please visit the Department’s TPP website.  


Contact Point

If you have questions or comments, we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Global Affairs Canada at the following address:

Government Procurement, Trade and Environment Negotiation Division (TPZ) 
Global Affairs Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building 
125 promenade Sussex Drive 
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G2 
Fax: 613-944-3489