Regional economic development boosted by trade agreement exceptions

The Government of Yukon is using all 10 of its one-million-dollar exceptions under the trade agreements signed last year to bolster regional economic development.

Yukon is the first jurisdiction in the country to use this provision.

Under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, Yukon is one of eight jurisdictions in Canada that can use methods outside the procurement rules in that agreement for a limited number of procurements. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement provides a similar exception for regional economic development.

These goods, services and construction procurements range in value from approximately $350,000 to $650,000, totalling around $4.4 million. These projects were selected for their potential to provide local employment, opportunities for skill development and other economic benefits to five Yukon communities.

The tender bidding is limited to invited Yukon companies for 2017–18. Later this spring, input from industry and First Nations will be sought to help refine the criteria and the procurement approach for selecting and tendering projects for the 2018–19 fiscal year.

We have worked quickly to identify projects that meet this criteria. I'm pleased to say these projects will maximize economic benefits for Yukoners.

Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn

Quick facts 
  • Projects selected for exceptions under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement and Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement include:

    • Slope and Drainage Improvements – Campbell Highway;
    • Fraser Water Line and Treatment Replacement – Fraser Camp;
    • Cleaning Services – Whitehorse Air Terminal;
    • Cleaning Services – Whitehorse buildings;
    • Roof Replacement – Carcross Community School;
    • Roof Replacement – Workers’ Compensation Building, Whitehorse;
    • Stand-by-Generator – Combined Services Building, Whitehorse;
    • Boiler Replacement – Watson Lake Elementary School;
    • Maintenance Garage Ventilation Upgrade – Whitehorse Airport; and
    • Generator Replacement – Porter Creek Secondary School, Whitehorse.
Contact 

Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7478
sunny.patch@gov.yk.ca

Katy Mead
Communications, Highways and Public Works
867-633-7922
katy.mead@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
18-040