Trade agreements allow Alberta businesses to grow and compete both in Canada and around the world.
Procurement is the purchase of goods and services from an external vendor. Procurement law in Alberta gives public entities such as governments, publicly funded academic institutions and school boards, a legal framework to shape their policies, and is supported by:
- trade agreements
- government guidelines and practices
These laws and trade agreements ensure that Alberta businesses are treated fairly when selling to governments inside and outside of Canada.
Procurement services is responsible for:
- administering and implementing trade agreement rules for purchasing goods, services and construction
- interpreting procurement provisions in trade agreements
- involvement in the dispute resolutions process
- providing information to businesses regarding trade agreements and how to do business with the Alberta Government
The ministry of International and Intergovernmental Relations is responsible for negotiating domestic trade agreements in Alberta. They also ensure compliance by public bodies covered by trade agreements.
Procurement law in trade agreements governs 2 things:
- guide procurement professionals in buying goods, services and construction in a fair and transparent manner
- show vendors and the public how commodities are procured.
The Government of Alberta is a party to 4 trade agreements – 3 domestic and one international.
- Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
- Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA)
- New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA)
- World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO GPA)
FOIP and purchasing
Alberta Government departments, agencies, boards and commissions use a variety of contracts to run their programs. These contracts must take into consideration the rules in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the FOIP Act), as well as the Records Management Regulation (RMR) established under the Government Organization Act.
Using the FOIP regulations along with other Acts, laws and practices helps to guide our procurement professionals to keep our tenders open, fair and transparent.