The TYA was signed in 1994 by the federal, provincial and territorial governments (excluding Nunavut) and came into force in 1995. The TIA was the first pan-Canadian agreement to remove barriers to the free movement of people, goods, services and investment in Canada. The new Western Partnership Agreement came into force on July 1, 2010. Alberta and British Columbia have already complied with the terms of the agreement at the time of its creation. Saskatchewan is expected to fully implement the agreement by July 1, 2013. Manitoba joined the partnership on November 17, 2016.  Please contact the Office of Trade Policy for comments and general questions regarding the role of the Government of Alberta in these national and international trade agreements. For more information on the obligations to purchase domestic and international trade agreements, visit the Alberta Purchasing Connection homepage. a comprehensive agreement to remove barriers to trade mobility, investment and labour mobility between British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The agreement covers all public bodies, including ministries and their agencies, boards of directors and commissions, crown companies, municipalities, school boards and government-funded academic, health and social organizations.
Alberta has entered Canadian and foreign markets through trade agreements with other governments. These agreements create a framework for fair and equitable trade rules. Such rules ensure open and non-discriminatory treatment that protects Albertans, businesses and their investors in markets outside Alberta. The New West Partnership Agreement (NWPTA) is an economic partnership between the governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan that creates an inter-provincial free trade area. Manitoba joined the NWPTA on January 1, 2020. As of July 1, 2017, the TIA has been replaced by the CFTA and is no longer in force. However, for commercial disputes opened before July 1, 2017 and for markets open before July 1, 2017, the AIT rules continue to apply until these proceedings are closed. The New Western Partnership Agreement (NWPTA) is an internal trade agreement that aims to integrate the economies of three provinces.
It is often characterized by supporters, critics and the media as an expansion of the existing B.C.-Alberta Trade Mobility, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA), signed on April 28, 2006, which provides a virtual economic union between the two provinces. However, the Saskatchewan provincial government, led by Brad Wall of the Saskatchewan Party, said the NWPTA provides fairer treatment to Saskatchewan Crown businesses, which was one of the most significant public complaints that prevented Saskatchewan from joining TILMA in 2007.    One of the benefits of the agreement is to streamline regulatory requirements for the creation and operation of a business and to eliminate the need to submit multiple registrations and reports between the four provinces. The CFTA came into force on July 1, 2017. The CFTA is an agreement between the federal, provincial and territorial governments that aims to remove barriers to trade in the free movement of people, goods, services and investments within Canada. Based on its predecessor, the Internal Trade Agreement, GASTA creates a comprehensive and modern framework for domestic trade in Canada. The CFTA offers a clear set of rules that will make it easier for Alberta businesses to access coast-to-coast opportunities. Parties to the New Western Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) have reached an agreement to replace the NWPTA BPM with a new Bid protest mechanism.