Foreign government procurement markets are worth hundreds of billions of dollars annually and offer significant potential opportunities for Canadian exporters. Governments, suppliers, and taxpayers have all benefitted from the efforts to open government procurement markets. Government procurement agreements help to ensure that Canadian suppliers of goods and services are treated in an open, transparent and nondiscriminatory manner when they sell to governments outside of Canada.
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:
- The WTO Agreement on Government Procurement: The primary plurilateral instrument guaranteeing access for Canadian suppliers to a number of important government procurement markets. Access the text of the agreement and information on working groups.
- Update - April 7, 2014: Revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement enters into force
- North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 10 - Government Procurement
- Canada - Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA) Chapter Kbis - Government Procurement
- Canada - Peru Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 14 - Government Procurement
- Canada - Colombia Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 14 - Government Procurement
- Canada-U.S. Agreement on Government Procurement
- International Trade Agreements and Local Governments: A Guide for Canadian Municipalities: Includes information on municipal government obligations as it relates to government procurement provisions in international trade agreements.
- Business Access Canada
- Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat - Contracting Policies and Guidelines
- Public Works and Government Services of Canada (PWGSC) - Buying and Selling - Includes links to MERX procurement notices, PWGSC Manuals, and Standard Acquisitions Clauses and Conditions (SACC)
- MARCAN - Procurement Information on Provinces, Territories and the Federal Government
If you have questions or comments, we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada at the following address:
Government Procurement, Trade and Environment Negotiation Division (TPZ)
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 promenade Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G2
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
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