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Trade Agreements and FOIPOP

Trade Agreements and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)

TRU is subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement on Internal Trade – Annex 502.4 as of April 1, 2002 and 2007 www.ait-aci.ca.

On July 18, 1994, First Ministers signed the Agreement on Internal Trade (the Agreement) which came into effect on July 1, 1995. The Agreement aims to reduce barriers to the movement of persons, goods, services and investments within Canada.

The Agreement provides for: general rules which prevent governments from erecting new trade barriers and which require the reduction of existing ones in areas covered under the Agreement; specific obligations in 10 economic sectors — such as government purchasing, labour mobility and investment — which cover a significant amount of economic activity in Canada; the streamlining and harmonization of regulations and standards (e.g. transportation, consumer protection); a formal dispute resolution mechanism that is accessible to individuals and businesses as well as governments; and commitments to further liberalize trade through continuing negotiations and specified work programs.

Agreement on Internal Trade (NWPTA)

TRU is subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement on Internal Trade – Annex 502.4 between the Federal and all Provincial Governments as of April 1, 2002 and the NWPTA (North West Partnership Trade Agreement) between the Province of British Columbia, the Province of Alberta and the Province of Saskatchewan effective July 1, 2010, which replaced the TILMA Agreement.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA)

TRU is subject to legislation governing the protection of personal privacy, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the “Act”) and as such, TRU records are subject to access under this Act. The Act governs the collection, use, retention, security and disclosure of personal information managed by public organizations. The Act also applies to all electronic information accessed or returned to TRU by the Proponents. Determinations about what information must be disclosed in response to requests made under FOIPPA are made by the Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia. TRU makes no representations about what information of the Proponent will be subject to disclosure in response to a freedom of information request under the FOIPPA.

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