Agreement On Internal Trade Exceptions

The Working Group on The Trade in Alcoholic Beverages (TABWG) is responsible for the development and monitoring of the implementation of an action plan for the trade in alcoholic beverages. The purpose of the PN-125 policy notification is to inform all PWGSC Acquisitions Program (AP) staff and contract officers of the replacement of the Internal Trade Agreement (AIT) with the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) and its impact on trade obligations with respect to procedural rules and scope. There are a number of trade improvement agreements between the provinces and territories. The new Western Partnership Agreement (NWPTA), comparable to the CFTA, came into force on July 1, 2010 and was fully implemented on July 1, 2013. The agreement covers the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia. Manitoba joined in November 2016 and the full transition is expected by January 1, 2020. The NWPTA requires any jurisdiction to improve trade, investment and labour mobility and to remove barriers between these jurisdictions. In addition, the western provinces must eliminate unnecessary differences between trade standards and regulations and allow the free movement of goods, services, capital and works across the four borders, unless there is an exception. During the 2014 CFTA negotiations, provinces and territories supported the strengthening and modernization of domestic trade and shared the goal of creating new opportunities for Canadians and businesses within Canada.

At the time, the Committee of Internal Trade Ministers and the Council of the Federation gave strong support for a complete renewal of the TIA. This should, to a large extent, ensure that the domestic trade agreement is in line with Canada`s international trade agreements; At that time, negotiations on comprehensive economic and trade agreements between the Canadian Union and the European Union were under way. All TIA parties have agreed on six general rules that have been introduced to prevent governments from creating new barriers to trade and removing existing barriers: all federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments are technically updating their partisan exceptions in the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CTA). “I look forward to continued cooperation to improve trade in our country.” Premiers are also committed to ongoing joint efforts to harness Canada`s economic potential through CONTINUED trade liberalization by GASTA. The premiers agreed to an immediate amendment to GASTA to allow for the narrowing or abolition of exceptions and called on the federal government to adopt this amendment. In addition, by the end of 2019, each government will conduct a complete review of its own specific exceptions and ask the federal government to do the same. Pco-IGA continues to work closely with other government agencies to better understand Schedule I, II federal exceptions and public procurement and to determine which exemptions may be removed or updated in the short to medium term. Other trade improvement agreements, such as the Ontario-Quebec Trade and Cooperation Agreement, came into force on October 1, 2009 to promote trade and economic cooperation, promote labour mobility and improve legislative harmonization between the two provinces. The TIA focuses on removing trade barriers in 11 specific sectors: in a press release of 9 November 2019, following Premier Kenny`s speech at the Manning Centre “What`s Next?” At the conference, the Alberta government highlighted a number of pressing issues, including the need to insist on a Charter of Economic Rights to strengthen economic union by removing inter-provincial trade barriers.