Canadian Free Trade Agreement

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into effect on July 1, 2017. The CFTA has not changed the obligations that apply to municipalities that existed under its predecessor agreement, the Agreement on Internal Trade, and the current New West Partnership Trade Agreement between BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

The federal government has prepared a guide for Canadian local governments, in cooperation with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. More information on CFTA can be found here.

Issues and questions can be sent to James Hammond, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Strategy, or to Trade.Policy@gov.bc.ca.

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