The NWPTA provides a comprehensive framework to promote trade, investment and labour mobility in the four western provinces. For feedback and general questions about the role of the Government of Alberta in these national and international trade agreements, please contact the Trade Policy Office. For more information on the obligations to purchase domestic and international trade agreements, visit the Alberta Purchasing Connection homepage. Canada`s Constitution prohibits the imposition of tariffs on cross-border trade in goods. However, it does not prohibit many other types of provincial restrictions that often impede cross-border trade. Most of the current barriers to internal trade are unofficial on the discriminatory treatment of goods, businesses and suppliers. restrictions on labour mobility; and different provincial standards and regulations in a wide range of areas. Prior to Saskatchewan`s participation in the agreement, the Alberta-BC combined economy was already Canada`s second largest free trade area – behind Ontario in size, but far ahead of Quebec. The addition of Saskatchewan to the mix expands the area to an additional $69 billion (Saskatchewan`s nominal GDP in 2008), bringing the total GDP of triprovine to nearly $550 billion. It`s starting to close in on Ontario! The TYA was signed in 1994 by the federal, provincial and territorial governments (excluding Nunavut) and came into force in 1995. The TIA was the first pan-Canadian agreement to remove barriers to the free movement of people, goods, services and investment in Canada. To allay Saskatchewan`s fear of losing its economic sovereignty, Alberta and bc agreed to sit down and reunite a whole new partnership between the three provinces. In spirit, the new NWPTA is not much different from TILMA, but perhaps only a name change was enough to make it politically tasty in Saskatchewan.
(In this way, no Saskatchewan politician can be accused of crawling into a bed already occupied by the BC and Alberta. This is a brand new agreement – at least for the name.) The New West Partnership replaces the original TILMA between BC and Alberta. Saskatchewan had still not paid to join TILMA, fearing that it would give up too much of its own provincial sovereignty. Who would want to join another person`s agreement if they did not help establish the original agreement? Alberta has entered Canadian and foreign markets through trade agreements with other governments. These agreements create a framework for fair and equitable trade rules. Such rules ensure open and non-discriminatory treatment that protects Albertans, businesses and their investors in markets outside Alberta. As of July 1, 2017, the TIA has been replaced by the CFTA and is no longer in force. However, for commercial disputes opened before July 1, 2017 and for markets open before July 1, 2017, the AIT rules continue to apply until these proceedings are closed. CONSOLIDATION of TILMA – April 2009 Includes the initial agreement in the agreement amended by subsequent amendments.
The “it” in this case is the New West Partnership Trade Agreement, an agreement signed on April 30 by the governments of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.