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Contracting Policy Notice 2011-05 - Trade Agreements: Update of Thresholds

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Date: December 19, 2011

To: Functional Heads, Administration / Finance of all Departments and Agencies

Subject: Update of thresholds for the International Trade Agreements (ITAs)


The thresholds in effect from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2013 for procurements subject to various international trade agreements are set out in the table below. The thresholds for the Agreement on Internal Trade do not change.

(CDN $ January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2013)
Trade Agreement Entities (Departments & Agencies) Crown Corporations
Goods Services Construction Goods Services Construction

* Under Canada-Chile and Canada-Colombia, there are "extended transparency" commitments to provide suppliers with information regarding procurements for which they are not eligible to bid but where: (1) an open-tendering process is used; and (2) the procurement value exceeds CDN $124,000 for Chile and CDN $150,000 for Colombia.

Annex 502.1A
25,000 100,000 100,000 25,000 100,000 100,000
Annex 502.3
N/A N/A N/A 500,000 500,000 5,000,000
Chile * 78,500 78,500 7,800,000 392,700 392,700 12,500,000
Colombia * 78,500 78,500 7,800,000 392,700 392,700 12,500,000
25,300 78,500 10,200,000 392,700 392,700 12,500,000
78,500 78,500 10,200,000 392,700 392,700 12,500,000
WTO-AGP 205,100 205,100 7,800,000 560,300 560,300 7,800,000
Peru 78,500 78,500 7,800,000 392,700 392,700 12,500,000


Every two years, the thresholds in the international trade agreements are updated. This Notice amends the thresholds in Contracting Policy Notice 2009-3 to provide new thresholds, which are expressed in Canadian dollars. All thresholds are for the period January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013. The thresholds for the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) remain unchanged for entities listed in Annex 502.1A at $25,000 for goods and $100,000 for services and construction. The AIT thresholds for Entities of a Commercial or Industrial Nature listed in Annex 502.3 remain unchanged at $500,000 for goods or services and $5,000,000 for construction services.


  1. The trade agreements to which this Contracting Policy Notice pertains have been hyperlinked in the table above.
  2. Canadian International Trade Tribunal Procurement Inquiry Regulations
  3. Treasury Board Contracting Policy


  1. For matters of content with respect to government procurement obligations contained in any of the international trade agreements, please contact the Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade:

    1-800-267-8376 (toll-free in Canada)
    613-944-4000 (in the National Capital Region and outside Canada)
    If you are deaf or hard of hearing, or you have a speech impediment and use a text telephone, you can access the TTY service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time by calling 613-944-9136 (in Canada only).

    Facsimile: 613-996-9709

    Email: enqserv@international.gc.ca

    Write to:
    Enquiries Service (BCI)
    Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
    125 Sussex Drive
    Ottawa, ON, Canada K1A 0G2

  2. For information with respect to the Agreement on Internal Trade, please contact the AIT Secretariat:

    Anna Maria Magnifico
    Executive Director
    Internal Trade Secretariat
    telephone: (204) 987-8094
    e-mail: amagnifico@ait-aci.ca
    Facsimile: (204) 942-8460

  3. For information with respect to the TB Contracting Policy, please contact Treasury Board Secretariat: by phone 613-957-2487 or by fax at 613-957-2405

Original signed by:

Elisa Mayhew
Executive Director
Investment, Project Management and Procurement Policy Directorate


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