Trade Agreements: Thresholds Update

Contracting Policy Notice: 2013-5

Date: December 20, 2013
To: Functional Heads, Finance and Administration of all Departments and Agencies
Subject: Update of thresholds for the International Trade Agreements

Summary

The thresholds in effect from January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015 for procurements subject to various international trade agreements are set out in the table below. The thresholds for the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) do not change.

Thresholds
(CDN $ January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015)

 

Entities
 (Departments & Agencies)

Crown Corporations

Return to table footnote reference 1 Under Canada-Chile and Canada-Colombia, there are "extended transparency" commitments to provide suppliers with information regarding procurements for which they are not eligible to bid but where: (1) an open-tendering process is used; and (2) the procurement value exceeds CDN $124,000 for Chile and CDN $150,000 for Colombia.

Return to table footnote reference 2 Applies to the Canadian Tourism Commission only until the Revised WTO-AGP comes into force.

Trade Agreement

Goods

Services

Construction

Goods

Services

Construction

AIT

  Annex 502.1A

25,000

100,000

100,000

25,000

100,000

100,000

  Annex 502.3

N/A

N/A

N/A

500,000

500,000

5,000,000

ChileSee table footnote1

80,400

80,400

7,700,000

402,000

402,000

12,800,000

ColombiaSee table footnote1

80,400

80,400

7,700,000

402,000

402,000

12,800,000

Panama

80,400

80,400

7,700,000

402,000

402,000

12,800,000

Peru

146,800

146,800

7,700,000

402,000

402,000

12,800,000

NAFTA

  Canada/U.S.

25,200

80,400

10,400,000

402,000

402,000

12,800,000

  Canada/Mexico

80,400

80,400

10,400,000

402,000

402,000

12,800,000

WTO-AGP

200,900

200,900

7,700,000

548,700See table footnote2

548,700See table footnote2

7,700,000See table footnote2

Background

Every two years, the thresholds in the international trade agreements are updated. This Notice amends the thresholds in Contracting Policy Notice 2011-5 to provide new thresholds, which are expressed in Canadian dollars. All thresholds are for the period January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015. The thresholds for the AIT remain unchanged.

New Requirements

Procurements subject to international trade agreements and AIT must publish Notices of Planned Procurements through the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS) which is provided by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).  GETS is no longer hosted on MERX™.  Since June 1st, 2013, GETS is operated by PWGSC via the Tenders page on the Buyandsell.gc.ca web site. 

The AIT has been amended to require Parties to designate the use of a single, electronic tendering system for their covered entities and eliminates newspapers as a sole method of publishing notices of planned procurements.  E-notices may, however, be supplemented with other forms of notification, such as newspapers and trade journals.

References

  1. The trade agreements to which this Contracting Policy Notice pertains have been hyperlinked in the table above.
  2. Canadian International Trade Tribunal Procurement Inquiry Regulations
  3. Treasury Board Contracting Policy

Enquiries

  1. For matters of content with respect to government procurement obligations contained in any of the international trade agreements, please contact the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development:

    Telephone:
    1-800-267-8376 (toll-free in Canada)
    613-944-4000 (in the National Capital Region and outside Canada)
    If you are deaf or hard of hearing, or you have a speech impediment and use a text telephone, you can access the TTY service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time by calling 613-944-9136 (in Canada only).

    Facsimile: 613-996-9709

    Email: enqserv@international.gc.ca

    Write to:
    Enquiries Service (BCI)
    Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
    125 Sussex Drive
    Ottawa, ON, Canada K1A 0G2

  2. For information with respect to the AIT, please contact the AIT Secretariat:

    Telephone: (204) 987-8092
    e-mail: pcaron@ait-aci.ca
    Facsimile: (204) 942-8460

    Write to:
    Suite 850, 444 St. Mary Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB R3C 3T1

  3. For information with respect to the TB Contracting Policy, please contact TBS Public Enquiries

Marc O'Sullivan
Assistant Comptroller General, Acquired Services and Assets Sector
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Distribution: TB06, TB07, TB21, T22, TB23, T23, T24, T161

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