For the first time Canadian “Public Utility Companies” will have their procurement processes, evaluation methodologies and contract awards subject to international disciplines under the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (“CETA”) between Canada and the European Union. This is a historic change because public utilities, such as Hydro Québec, BC Hydro, the Ontario Power Authority, Toronto Hydro, have previously been exempt from international standards and disciplines. The North American Free Trade Agreement, World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement and in some cases even the Agreement on Internal Trade exempt utilities from their procurement disciplines. … Continue Reading
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