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Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat

April 28, 2006 — B.C.-Alberta Joint Cabinet Meeting

Alberta and B.C. Break Down Barriers to Create Single Large Market

Alberta and British Columbia have signed a groundbreaking agreement to eliminate barriers to trade, investment and labour mobility between the two provinces. The agreement creates the second largest economic region in Canada.

The two provinces signed the Alberta-British Columbia Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) at the 4th annual joint Alberta-British Columbia Cabinet meeting in Edmonton on April 28. The agreement will give businesses and workers in both provinces seamless access to a larger range of opportunities across all sectors including energy, transportation, labour mobility, business registration, and government procurement. The agreement will:

  • Streamline business registration and reporting requirements so that businesses registered in one province are automatically recognized in the other;
  • Enhance labour mobility by recognizing occupational certifications of workers in both provinces;
  • Provide open and non-discriminatory access to government procurement; and,
  • Create a clear, comprehensive and enforceable dispute avoidance and dispute resolution mechanism.

The agreement commences April 1, 2007 and will include a transition period to April 2009 before the agreement comes into full effect to give both governments time to bring their measures into conformity. Provinces also will negotiate to extend the agreement to include identified areas such as financial services, municipal governments and Crown Corporations.

In addition to the agreement, Alberta and B.C. signed four other Memorandums of Understanding covering:

Charter Buses (MOU)

This is the first MOU to flow out of the TILMA agreement. This MOU allows licensed charter buses to have equal access to operate in both provinces without undue restrictions. Energy Research, Technology Development and Innovation (MOU) This MOU commits Alberta and B.C. to work together on energy research, technology development, and innovation. Both provinces will share information and participate in joint projects and programs.

Energy Research, Technology Development and Innovation (MOU)

This MOU commits Alberta and B.C. to work together on energy research, technology development, and innovation. Both provinces will share information and participate in joint projects and programs.

Interprovincial Parks (MOU)

Under this MOU, Alberta and B.C. will co-operate to protect, plan, administer and manage provincial parks that abut each other along the borders of our two provinces. The MOU establishes the Kakwa- Willmore Interprovincial Park.

Post-Secondary Education (MOU)

This MOU calls for co-operation in research and information sharing, and common approaches to advance the quality and availability of post-secondary education in each province (e.g. credit transfer; distance education programs).

Since October 2003, when Premiers Klein and Campbell signed the Alberta-B.C. Protocol of Cooperation in Calgary, 15 agreements have been signed that commit Alberta and British Columbia to work together in a wide range of areas. The increased efficiency from this common sense co-operation has resulted in real financial savings for Alberta and British Columbia taxpayers and the businesses that operate in our provinces.