The Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) provides legislative direction across all provinces and territories of Canada. In addition, the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) impacts procurement laws for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC.
SARM ensures that the procurement of products and services made available to the members meets the requirements of the New West Trade Partnership Agreement (NWPTA) and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).
We participate in the process by advertising on the SaskTenders website. Municipalities purchasing through SARM are required, by the CFTA, to publish an annual declaration of participation with the buying group. SaskTenders advised that one posting can be made by SARM on behalf of all our members. SARM will post an annual Notice of Planned Procurement regarding participation in SARM’s programs on behalf of the RMs annually. To review postings made by SARM, please see www.sasktenders.ca and search for the competition number or name.
In recent years, SARM had partnered with like-minded municipal associations across the country to access preferential pricing on trade-compliant purchasing programs that leverage the collective buying power of all involved. The procurement buying group – which had been operating jointly but branding separately – launched Canoe Procurement in June 2021, a unified identity for all Canadian municipal, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations to participate collectively.