Municipal Procurement Implications of the Proposed CETA Agreement

Trade lawyer Steven Shrybman (Sack, Goldblatt, Mitchell LLP), prepared this paper on Municipal Procurement Implications of the Proposed Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) Between Canada and the European Union for the Centre for Civic Governance in May 2010.

This report highlights the potential loss of ‘buy local’ policies through current trade discussion between Canada and the European Union. CETA discussions are projected to conclude in 2011. If current proposals are finalized, the report commissioned by the Centre for Civic Governance shows that:

·         Local governments will no longer legally be able to give preference to local Canadian suppliers

·         Unsuccessful corporate bidders will have the right to challenge a municipality’s decision in awarding a contract

The buy local policies at risk are important tools for stimulating local economic activity, job creation and innovation, and are often the backbone of other public policy goals such as food security and social equity.

Publication Download:

Shrybman CETA report.pdf

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