The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) is a Canada-wide trade agreement between the nation's provinces and territories. Replacing the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), the CFTA broadens the scope of industries covered by the inter-provincial trade rules and is intended to align with international trade agreements. At its core, the CFTA prohibits discriminating among goods, services, workers, and investments based on their province or territory of origin. The CFTA significantly increases procurement thresholds for municipalities from the previous AIT; however, Saskatchewan municipalities are already subject to more stringent regulations and rules through the existing New West Trade Partnership Agreement (NWPTA). If your municipality is in alignment with the current NWTPA, many of your practices should be in alignment with the CFTA.
Our SUMAdvantage procurement programs are CFTA and NWPTA compliant, and your SUMA membership gives you free access.
However, the CFTA requires any municipality interested in participating in a buying group, like SUMAdvantage, to publish a declaration of its intent. It is recommended that the declaration be posted on the public notice website, SaskTenders, for a minimum of two weeks. The SaskTenders website is free to use and it’s easy to create an account.
To create your municipality’s declaration of intent, copy and paste the paragraph below onto a document with your municipality’s letterhead. The following language should satisfy the requirements of the CFTA:
[Insert Municipality Name] intends to participate in one or more procurements conducted by the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) between [insert one year period including month/year].
For further information and access to SUMA request for proposal (RFP) notices, please review SaskTenders.