On Friday, our Conservative Government announced a successfully negotiated agreement with the Obama Administration that will allow Canadian companies to participate in U.S. infrastructure projects financed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Our Government stood up for Canadians in resolving this issue with our American partners and the result is an agreement that will benefit both sides of the border.
Canadian suppliers will have access to projects under the Recovery Act in a range of areas, including programs of the U.S. Department of Energy; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the Environmental Protection Agency. Our Government and the Obama Administration have also agreed to establish a fast-track consultation process in the event that similar Buy American provisions are applied to future funding programs.
Furthermore, the agreement grants access to further opportunities under the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA).
This negotiation with the U.S. is helping to create jobs in Canada as well as recognize the integrated nature of our two economies.
Looking ahead to the future, Canada and the U.S. have agreed to further discuss a more comprehensive and permanent agreement for increased opportunities between our two countries over the long-term.
Preserving and creating jobs is our Conservative Government’s priority. Our Conservative Government is delivering the right action for workers and businesses in Canada.