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 NWPTA was signed, bringing into force amendments that clarify labour mobility language and dispute resolution provisions.
  • July 1, 2015:  The bid protest mechanism that was incorporated into the NWPTA by the first Protocol of Amendment came into force.
  • November, 2016: The Second Protocol of Amendment and a Protocol of Accession were signed to incorporate Manitoba into the NWPTA.
  • January 1, 2017: The NWPTA comes into effect for Manitoba
  • January 1, 2018: For Manitoba, measures identified for a one year transition are now covered under NWPTA including:

    • Posting of tender notices to a single site for all ministries
    • Registration reciprocity for temporary inter- and intra-provincial vehicle operations
    • Measures adopted or maintained relating to regulated marketing under The Fisheries Act
    • Rights to haying, foraging or grazing on Crown lands
  • January 1, 2019:  Manitoba’s Crown Corporation, 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, become subject to the procurement obligations of the NWPTA.  The obligation to reconcile existing standards and regulations not otherwise expressly addressed in this Agreement applies.
  • January 1, 2020: Manitoba’s financial services and business registration and reporting become subject to the NWPTA.

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