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OTTAWA - The federal government confirmed Friday it has struck a deal with Washington that would protect Canadian industry from Buy American provisions.

International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan and Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon made the announcement at a news conference in Ottawa.

"Preserving and creating jobs is the Canadian government's top priority," Van Loan said. "Our government stood up for Canadian businesses and workers in resolving this issue with our U.S. partners."

The Financial Post first reported Thursday that a deal had been reached.

The crux of the deal will see Canada agree to provide U.S. suppliers with access to a range of construction contracts across Canada's provinces and territories, as well as in a number of municipalities.

In return, the United States has agreed to provide Canadian suppliers with access to state and local public works projects in a range of programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Canadian and U.S. officials hope to have a final deal signed by Feb. 16.

The two sides have also agreed to continue negotiations on a broader deal governing procurement. Further, there is a "fast-track" provision that would help resolve disputes should similar Buy American provisions be applied to future legislation.

Experts say the pact marks an "important breakthrough" in stopping the spread of protectionism and acknowledging Canada's importance to the U.S. economy.

The deal will be structured to allow the White House to use executive power to treat sectors of the Canadian economy as American by claiming supply chains are so integrated they cannot be separated. This has been done because U.S. President Barack Obama cannot rely on Congress to pass legislation exempting Canada from Buy American provisions.

"We are very happy," said Veso Sobot, director of corporate affairs at IPEX Inc., a Toronto-based pipe manufacturer.

IPEX gained notoriety after the introduction of Buy American rules for having its pipe fittings pulled out of the ground in California because they had the 'Made in Canada' designation on them.

"This will allow us to compete again," Sobot said. "We are tickled pink and we are going to be aggressive about trying to compete for business in the United States. And I hope this can help bolster our 2010 and bring back jobs to Canada."

U.S. officials were also touting this agreement as a success.

"(The United States) has won that access for American firms, and I look forward to signing the agreement soon," U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement Friday. "For years, U.S. firms have sought market access to Canadian provincial procurement under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), which Canada resisted."