ARCHIVED Canadian Content Definition

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Legal text for SACC item

  1. Canadian good: A good wholly manufactured or originating in Canada is considered a Canadian good. A product containing imported components may also be considered Canadian for the purpose of this policy when it has undergone sufficient change in Canada, in a manner that satisfies the definition specified under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Rules of Origin. For the purposes of this determination, the reference in the NAFTA Rules of Origin to "territory", is to be replaced with "Canada". (Consult Annex 3.6(9) of the Supply Manual.)

    For photocopiers, computers and office equipment within Federal Supply Classification (FSC) groups 36, 70 and 74, see paragraph 6.(a)).

  2. Canadian service: A service provided by an individual based in Canada is considered a Canadian service. Where a requirement consists of only one service, which is being provided by more than one individual, the service will be considered Canadian if a minimum of 80 percent of the total bid price for the service is provided by individuals based in Canada.
  3. Variety of goods: When requirements consist of more than one good, one of the two methods below is applied:
    1. aggregate evaluation: no less than 80 percent of the total bid price must consist of Canadian goods; or,
    2. item by item evaluation: in some cases, the bid evaluation may be conducted on an item-by-item basis and contracts may be awarded to more than one supplier. In these cases, suppliers will be asked to identify separately each item that meets the definition of Canadian goods.
  4. Variety of services: For requirements consisting of more than one service, a minimum of 80 percent of the total bid price must be provided by individuals based in Canada.
  5. Mix of goods and services: When requirements consist of a mix of goods and services, no less than 80 percent of the total bid price must consist of Canadian goods and services (as defined above).

    For more information on how to determine the Canadian content for a mix of goods, a mix of services or a mix of goods and services, consult Annex 3.6.(9), Example 2, of the Supply Manual.

  6. Other Canadian goods and services:
    1. For photocopiers, computers and office equipment within FSC groups 36, 70 and 74, only the products of the following firms are considered Canadian goods:
      1. MERIT Partner under the MERIT Partnership Program (administered by Industry Canada [IC] and Public Works and Government Services Canada [PWGSC]);
      2. Companies which, on March 31, 1992, were allocated to Priority Group 1 under the Priority Groups Policy in effect at that time; or
      3. CIRCLE Canada companies as agreed on by IC and PWGSC.
    2. Textiles: Textiles are considered to be Canadian goods according to a modified rule of origin, copies of which are available from the Clothing and Textiles Division, Commercial and Consumer Products Directorate.