International free trade agreements, such as the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement, also impose monetary thresholds that must be offered to Canada`s trading partners. The thresholds applicable between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 for purchases subject to various international trade agreements are presented in the table below. The thresholds of the Internal Trade Agreement (TIA) do not change. 8 Global Affairs Canada, “Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)”: international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/cptpp-ptpgp/text-texte/cptpp-ptpgp.aspx?lang=eng (updated February 21, 2018, the last update being March 16, 2020). The 11 parties to the CPTP are: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. This communication on treaty policy has three elements: the replacement of NAFTA, the updated thresholds for contracting for free trade agreements, and the collection of country-of-origin statistics. The ADR and Canada`s trade agreements all contain different languages, which means that the federal government is subject to a large number of obligations that may be similar in substance, but differ in a nuanced way. In addition, the CITT`s procedural approach to appeals is much less formal than that of the courts. A disgruntled supplier, who is suing the federal government, has a number of options for complaint procedures. Every two years, the thresholds are updated in free trade agreements. This notice amends the thresholds set out in the 2018-01 Contract Policy Notice to provide new thresholds expressed in Canadian dollars.
All thresholds are valid for the period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021. Second, if the bidder and buyer have a conflict of interest, the bidder may be disqualified. Third, the eligibility criteria must be consistent with all existing trade agreements. Fourth, buyers are required to ensure fair competition and this obligation may be violated if buyers set eligibility criteria that over-favour one or more bidders. Finally, there may be additional restrictions specific to certain levels of government. For example, the Quebec purchasing regime generally requires buyers to specify in their compliance requirements that the submission of several bids for the same tender by a supplier results in an automatic rejection of all offers from that supplier.42 The main restrictions to the benefit of domestic suppliers during the procurement process are imposed by trade agreements. Thus, the GPA, which binds the federal government, imposes an obligation of non-discrimination and transparency in public procurement.