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.
We want to make saving as easy as possible for you. That's why we've simplified the CFTA compliancy process further. Your hometown no longer needs to post a letter of intent to participate in SUMAdvantage; we have posted a letter on SaskTenders that covers all member municipalities. This means saving with SUMAdvantage is now as easy as picking the products and services your municipality needs from our list of partners.
For further information and access to SUMA request for proposal (RFP) notices, please review SaskTenders.