The Ontario government is committed to trade agreements that allow Ontario vendors to have access to procurement opportunities within and outside of Canada. To ensure Ontario vendors have equal access to opportunities outside Ontario, Ontario does not apply any local preferences in its procurements.
Ontario is a party to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between Ontario and Quebec (OQTCA) and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) and have obligations to international trade treaties such as the World Trade Organization – Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-GPA), Canada European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA), and the recently signed Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The CPTPP will take effect when ratified expected by the end of 2018.
Some of these trade agreements now cover other public sector organizations (municipalities, schoolboards, publicly-funded academic, health, social service entities) and for the first time will be subject to the commitments under these agreements.
The Ontario government continues to be committed to promoting free trade and strengthening access for Ontario vendors to other markets, and this is reflected by other international trade treaties that are currently under review.