NAFTA Renegotiations

The US, Canada, and Mexico are currently renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Although the federal governments of the three countries are conducting the negotiations, the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology is leading the Province’s involvement, and has a representative at the negotiating rounds to advocate for BC’s interests. The Ministry welcomes hearing from local governments on any interests or issues they believe should be considered in the negotiations.

The Ministry has met with UBCM staff and is committed to keeping UBCM apprised during the course of the negotiations. The NAFTA, which has been in effect since 1994, covers goods, services, and investment. The NAFTA does not currently cover government procurement at the subnational or local levels. Local governments are invited to submit input to the BC Government’s Call for Submissions webpage, which will remain open throughout the negotiations. Issues and questions can be sent to James Hammond, Assistant Deputy Minister, International Strategy, or to

The next round of negotiations will be held in Ottawa, September 23-27.

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