Trade Agreements

Trade agreements play a vital role in our economy. They create market access for our goods and services by reducing barriers to, among other things, labour mobility, investments, energy, agriculture, and government procurement. Agreements can be comprehensive, covering several different topics, or more concentrated by covering individual topics. Nova Scotia is party to the following trade agreements. Overview of Trade Agreements and Thresholds


Updates are being completed to reflect the threshold increases in the Nova Scotia Sustainable Procurement Policy, and other related procurement documents.

At this time, until the Nova Scotia Sustainable Procurement Policy is updated, the thresholds indicated in the document supersede the ones in the policy.

Each agreement has unique language, exemptions, rules, and requirements. Trade agreements that impact government procurement in Nova Scotia are in the above link. *Note: the Posting Timelines are a minimum. The type of solicitation selected, as well as the complexity of the project, will affect the timeline directed for posting by Procurement (e.g. RFQ vs RFP). Any changes to the minimum posting timeline must be discussed and approved by SNS-IS- Procurement. Refer to the Nova Scotia Procurement Protocols for additional information.


  • Atlantic Trade and Procurement Partnership (ATPP) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • The Atlantic Premiers signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Atlantic Trade and Procurement Partnership (ATPP) in January 2019. It replaces the Atlantic Procurement Agreement (APA) and commits the provinces to harmonize trade and procurement processes, work together to improve the regional business climate and help businesses to compete. The ATPP implements the procurement thresholds for public tenders contained in the 2017 Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).
  • Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)


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