Agreement On Internal Trade Exceptions

Currently, the thresholds require all institutions in the Municipal/Academic/Social Services/Healthcare (MASH) sector to call for a public tender worth $100,000 or more, or $250,000 or more in the event of construction. The agreement imposes « identical » treatment of persons, goods and services across Canada. This means that businesses in each province or territory must be considered for offers to purchase, which removes the « Buy Local » guidelines. There are a few exceptions to the agreement. In certain circumstances, provinces or municipalities may continue to designate isolated suppliers. Their primary objective is to remove barriers to trade, investment and product mobility. . . .