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CONSOLIDATION of TILMA – April 2009 Includes the initial agreement in the agreement amended by subsequent amendments. For more information on the obligations to purchase domestic and international trade agreements, visit the Alberta Purchasing Connection homepage. The federal government is responsible for negotiating Canada`s international trade agreements. The Alberta government defends provincial interests when the federal government negotiates these international agreements, particularly in areas of provincial jurisdiction or where there are significant economic benefits to the province. Examples of Canada`s international trade agreements for Alberta are presented below. With these agreements, Alberta wants to improve access to markets for goods, services, suppliers, labour, investors and investments in Alberta, the West and across the country. The key feature of the NWPTA is that it now includes Saskatchewan, which builds on the original Alberta-BC Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA). When TILMA was signed a few years ago, it led the way because it marked an important bilateral agreement to remove destructive barriers and worker mobility between provinces. The “it” in this case is the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, an agreement signed on April 30 by the governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. In short, the partnership (or the NWPTA, as it is painfully called) is an agreement on free trade, investment and labour mobility between Canada`s three westerner provinces. Together, the population of these three provinces is more than 9 million. The CFTA came into force on July 1, 2017. The CFTA is an agreement between the federal, provincial and territorial governments that aims to remove barriers to trade in the free movement of people, goods, services and investments within Canada.

Based on its predecessor, the Internal Trade Agreement, GASTA creates a comprehensive and modern framework for domestic trade in Canada.