Doing Business in Canada
For information on business opportunities in Canada, visit InfoMercatiEsteri, and in particular:
For information on Canadian legislation regarding the establishment of a business in Canada, from legal and tax requirements, to aspects pertaining to labour law, rules governing investment, and incentives offered by various public administrations, please visit the website of the Italian Trade Agency (ICE) at https://www.ice.it/en/markets/canada.
Public Procurement Process
Different regulations apply at the various levels of government: federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal. In addition, there are two different judicial systems in Canada: common law and civil law. The first applies in most of the country, both federally and provincially, with the exception of the province of Quebec, where the second is the norm.
In Quebec therefore, public contracts are regulated by specific legislation with rules and regulations regarding implementation. Outside Quebec there is no single specific legislation governing public contracts; rather the system is based on a governance structure consisting of a series of trade agreements, government legislation, practices, and guidelines that regulate the procurement process for federal departments and agencies.
For trade agreements in this area, see:
– North American free trade agreement (NAFTA), which will be replaced by the Canada – United States – Mexico free trade agreement (CUSMA), signed on November 30, 2018 and awaiting ratification.
At the federal level, the rules governing governing public contracts can be found in the following legislation:
The above also reference various federal practices and some provincial legislation.
Useful tools and resources
Public Services and Procurement Canada recently launched a single platform for information on all public tenders at the federal, provincial and municipal levels Homepage | CanadaBuys. The free access website makes it possible to search for new public contract opportunities and to consult contract history in a given sector.
MERX is a national internet portal for information on public calls to tender. It lists all contracts subject to current national and international legislation (WTO, NAFTA and other legislative instruments.) The system is used by various departments, agencies, government bodies, and other institutions to publicize contracts open to bids by both Canadian and foreign companies.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Italian Trade Agency (ICE,) the Association of Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad (Assocameraestero) Unioncamere and Confindustria, launched the EX TENDER platform where companies can find news of international calls to tender for the supply of goods or services and
In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has developed the NEXUS portal to manage requests for trade assistance. Interested companies may forward requests using the form available at https://nexus.esteri.it.
The Embassy of Italy, in cooperation with the Italian Trade Agency offices in Toronto and Montreal, has developed two user guides in consultation with KPMG and leading Toronto law firm Blakes, to provide potentially interested parties with information on the process for investment and participation in public tenders in Canada, and introduce them to current pertinent Canadian legislation. guide
Doing Business in Italy
If you are interested in doing business in Italy, we invite you to take a look at the following:
- The “Doing Business in Italy” and “Invest in Italy” guides published by the Ministry of Economic Development
- Macroeconomic information provided by the Treasury Department of the Ministry of Finance and the Economy
- Statistics on the Italian economy compiled by the Bank of Italy
- Italia Startup Visa
- The Business Registry for official information on businesses with headquarters or branches in Italy
- Calendar of trade fairs in Italy: http://www.calendariofiereinternazionali.it/