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3.50.1. General procurement

  1. For procurements subject to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP), the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), or a combination of these, public advertisement/notification provisions specified within these trade agreements must be followed. This includes any mini-tenders for procurements made against a supply arrangement. The procedures to be followed are generally consistent for all of the agreements. When there are inconsistencies, the contracting officer must select the provisions that demonstrate the highest example of openness, for example, the longer of two solicitation periods.
  2. The provisions for public advertisement/notification are described in each of the following trade agreements:
    1. North American Free Trade Agreement, Article 1010: Invitation to Participate in Chapter 10;
    2. Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, Article 19.6: Notices;
    3. World Trade Organization - Agreement on Government Procurement, Article VII: Notices;
    4. Canadian Free Trade Agreement, Article 506: Tender Notices;
    5. Agreement on Internal Trade, Article 506: Procedures for Procurement, paragraph 2. (referred to as a "call for tenders")
  3. For more information on determining when the trade agreements (NAFTA, CETA, WTO-AGP, CFTA, AIT) apply, see Chapter 1 - Public Procurement.
  4. With certain exceptions, competitive procurements subject to NAFTA, CETA, WTO-AGP, CFTA or AIT must be advertised on the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS) through the Tenders site. In appropriate circumstances, potential suppliers may be contacted directly after the notice has been posted, in accordance with the procedures outlined in 4.75.35 Contacting Suppliers Directly During the Solicitation Period.