Business Subsidies

The NWPTA prohibits the four governments from providing business subsidies that offer a competitive advantage, induce the relocation of businesses or distort investment decisions. However, subsidies can be used to offset a subsidy offered by a government that is not party to the NWPTA.

Governments will still be able to provide subsidy and assistance programs that:

  • Compensate for losses suffered as a result of calamities, such as forest fires or natural disasters.
  • Assist book and magazine publishers, sound recording or film development, production and distribution.
  • Assist recreation programs.
  • Support academic research.
  • Support non-profit organizations.

In addition, regional economic development initiatives are exempt, provided they:

  • Do not restrict trade more than necessary.
  • Do not unduly harm the economic interests of persons, goods, services or investments in another Party.
  • Minimize discriminatory effects and impacts on trade, investment and labour mobility.
  • Are consistent with the NWPTA restrictions on business subsidies.

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