CFTA Notice of Participation

The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) requires the following from a procurement entity related to its participation with a buying group:

7. A procurement entity shall publish a notice of its participation with the buying group at least annually on one of the tendering websites or systems designated by its Party. That notice shall direct potential suppliers to the buying group tender notices website if it is different from its Party’s tendering websites or systems.

By participating in one or more LAS programs, your municipality is participating in a buying group. The CFTA requires any municipality interested in participating in a buying group to publish a declaration of its intent to participate in a buying group. It is recommended that your municipality’s declaration be posted on the public notice website your municipality uses to posts competition documents for a minimum of two weeks.

To create your municipality’s declaration, copy and paste the paragraph below onto a document with your municipality’s letterhead. The following language should satisfy the requirements of the CFTA:

[Insert Municipality Name] intends to participate in one or more procurements conducted by Local Authority Services (LAS) between [month/year to month/year, for indefinite term projects include one year only and post annually ]. For further information and access to LAS request for proposal (RFP) notices, please review the website at

LAS recently offered training on requirements for procurement under CFTA as well as the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). If you missed the webinar, it can be found below for on-demand access.  



Jeff Barten
Energy and Asset Services Manager

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