On June 6, 2013 the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, spoke to delegates at FCM's Annual Conference and Trade Show on the ongoing negotiations on the Canada-EU Trade Agreement.
About the issue
Recent trade agreements, for the first time ever, will include "sub-national procurement," which refers to such municipal activities as the purchasing of supplies, the contracting of infrastructure projects and the delivery of municipal services like solid waste and water distribution. Up until these most recent negotiations, free trade agreements did not apply to municipal governments. This is changing, which means that municipalities must become more active participants in these negotiations.
FCM's position seeks to ensure that other orders of government are aware of the effects that any trade agreements may have on municipal operations and urge them to draft trade agreements that reasonably minimize these impacts. We strive to recognize and respect provincial, territorial and federal jurisdiction over trade, at the same time as vigorously asserting and protecting the municipal responsibility to respond to local interests and protect property tax payers.
Ministerial correspondence - Government of Canada Responds to concerns over the potential impact of CETA on municipalitiesDFAIT has prepared responses to some ongoing sources of uncertainty surrounding the CETA negotiations.
Letter from the Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Ed Fast, regarding current Canada-European Union (EU) trade negotiationsMinister Ed Fast explains how CETA will affect municipal operations, including procurement.
Learn more about the Government of Canada's ongoing negotiations on CETA
Letter to the FCM President from the International Trade Minister Van Loan: our principles on sub-national procurement in CETAThe Government of Canada explains why intergovernmental cooperation and communication is critical to free and fair trade between Canada and the world.
A helpful resource describing the benefits and constraints on municipalities with respect to international trade agreements.