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  • NWPTA
    Government Procurement Standards Regulations Business Subsidies MASH Sector Procurement Guidelines Dispute Resolution NWPTA Secretariat Media FAQs Business or Investor Professional or Skilled Tradesperson Vendor or Contractor Government or Public Entity MASH Sector Consumers Standards and Regulations Dispute Resolution Bid Protest Mechanism Contact Us You have reached the official website of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement A partnership between the Governments of British Columbia Alberta and Saskatchewan Copyright 2010 Government

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  • NWPTA | The Agreement
    Under the NWPTA British Columbia Alberta and Saskatchewan are the first jurisdictions in Canada to commit to full mutual recognition or reconciliation of their rules affecting trade investment or labour mobility so as to remove barriers to the free movement of goods services investment and people within and between the three provinces The NWPTA builds on the Trade Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement TILMA between British Columbia and Alberta and has the clarity Saskatchewan was seeking on public ownership of Crowns and the ability of municipalities to support economic development The NWPTA came into effect July 1 2010 and has been fully implemented since July 1 2013 The first Protocol of Amendment to the NWPTA was signed in January 2015 The Protocol clarified language around labour mobility and dispute resolution provisions and introduced a bid protest mechanism effective July 1 2015 British Columbia Alberta and Saskatchewan have also committed to Avoid measures that operate to restrict or impair trade between or through their territories or investment or labour mobility between them Treat businesses investors and workers of the other two provinces at least as favourably as they treat their own or those of another jurisdiction Mutually recognize or otherwise reconcile

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  • NWPTA | The Agreement | Benefits
    Alberta and Saskatchewan The implementation of the NWPTA presents a great opportunity for continued economic growth in all three provinces Some of the benefits of the NWPTA include the following Canada s most open and competitive economy British Columbia Alberta and Saskatchewan have a market of almost nine million people and a Gross Domestic Product of more than 651 billion Labour mobility Labour mobility provisions allow certified workers to practice their occupation in the three provinces without being subject to additional exams or training requirements Business registration Businesses registrants in one province are now able to seamlessly register in the other provinces at the same time as their original incorporation All residency requirements are removed Streamlined regulations Unnecessary differences in business standards and regulations will have been eliminated Enhanced competitiveness Allowing goods services capital and workers to flow freely across the British Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan borders boosts trade makes it easier for businesses to expand into the other provinces and lowers costs for businesses and taxpayers Best value for public spending Open procurement policies with low thresholds help ensure best value for tax dollars This also creates more opportunities for small and medium sized businesses to bid on public contracts

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  • NWPTA | The Agreement | Key Dates
    March 13 2009 The Premiers of British Columbia Alberta and Saskatchewan committed to explore opportunities to expand trade and investment opportunities and to reduce impediments to trade investment and labour mobility April 30 2010 The Premiers of British Columbia Alberta and Saskatchewan signed a far reaching New West Partnership including the New West Partnership Trade Agreement NWPTA The Agreement created the largest most open and competitive interprovincial marketplace in Canada eliminating obstacles to trade investment and labour mobility among the three provinces July 1 2010 The NWPTA came into effect for the three provincial governments British Columbia and Alberta were fully subject to the NWPTA Saskatchewan s departments ministries agencies boards councils committees commissions and similar agencies of government were fully subject to the NWPTA except for specified transitional measures July 1 2012 Saskatchewan s Crown Corporations municipal governments school boards and publicly funded academic health and social service entities as well as any corporation or entity owned or controlled by them became subject to the NWPTA July 1 2013 The last remaining transitional measure Saskatchewan financial services became subject to the NWPTA and accordingly the NWPTA was fully implemented January 6 2015 The first Protocol of Amendment to the

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  • NWPTA | The Agreement | Joint Decisions
    Bid Protest Mechanism Contact Us home the agreement joint decisions NWPTA The Agreement Joint Decisions At any time the Governments of British Columbia Alberta and Saskatchewan can issue a joint declaration to declare their interpretation of the NWPTA Joint decisions are binding on any future dispute resolution panels any decisions or awards by a panel must be consistent with joint decisions Current Joint Decisions Ability of Parties to Create Maintain

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  • NWPTA | Dispute Resolution
    Columbia Saskatchewan initiate consultations on that person s behalf under the Part IV A Dispute Resolution Mechanism Schedule 2 Form of Consultation Request Under Article 25 1 25 2 and 25 4 To be used by a Party or a person initiating consultations with another Party Schedule 3 Criteria for the Appointment of Potential Panelists and Arbiters Schedule 4 Form of Consent to Arbitration Under Article 26 4 To be used by a person who wishes to establish a panel to adjudicate a complaint that could not be resolved through consultations under the Dispute Resolution Mechanism Schedule 5 Remuneration and Costs Under Article 32 5 Provides the maximum amounts of remunerations and expenses that can be claimed by the administrator panellists and arbiters To be considered as part of a Cost Award by a panellist or arbiter Annex 1 Claimable Expenses Further detail of costs a panellist or arbiter may claim Schedule 6 Code of Conduct for Dispute Resolution Panellists and Arbiters Under Article 26 8 and 37 2 Annex 1 Illustrative List of Information to Be Disclosed To be used by a panellist or arbiter in determining whether a conflict of interest may exist Annex 2 Disclosure Statement To

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  • NWPTA | Business Or Investor
    including unnecessary red tape cost businesses and investors time and money Under the NWPTA the Governments of British Columbia Alberta and Saskatchewan Extended the streamlined business registration and reporting requirements established by British Columbia and Alberta to Saskatchewan Eliminated residency requirements already completed in British Columbia and Alberta Made it easier for professionals and tradespeople to have their qualifications recognized Lowered the thresholds for open and non discriminatory government procurement which will provide will businesses with more bidding opportunities Enacted strict enforceable subsidy rules Introduced monetary penalties against governments that willfully disregard their commitments As of July 1 2010 businesses faced fewer difficulties recruiting needed workers from the other two provinces and gained access to more government procurement opportunities on an equal footing with suppliers from the other provinces As of July 1 2012 a seamless business registration and reporting process was also put in place among the three provinces to allow businesses to operate in all three provinces without the added costs of establishing a second or third office meeting duplicative registration and reporting requirements satisfying unnecessarily different standards and regulations or seeking additional permits to operate Registry Contacts British Columbia Corporate Registry contacts Phone 1 877 526 1526

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  • NWPTA | Professional Or Skilled Tradesperson
    Saskatchewan have agreed to reconcile or mutually recognize occupational standards so people can work in their occupation in all three provinces Professionals and skilled tradespersons certified in one province will be recognized as qualified in all three provinces The benefit of the NWPTA is that workers will not need to go through material examinations or training to practice their chosen occupation List of occupations for which one or more provinces require certification licensing or registration Some occupations are not regulated in all three provinces For individuals moving to a province that regulates from a province that does not the individual will have to meet the requirements of the regulatory authority in order to obtain a license or certification to work in that province Over time reconciliation of all occupations should create full labour mobility for all occupations To determine the registration process for your occupation please contact the regulatory authority in the province where you wish to be certified List of British Columbia regulatory authorities List of Alberta regulatory authorities List of Saskatchewan regulatory authorities The benefits of the NWPTA include the following Gives workers more choice in where they work and live Reduces costs in both time and money

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