Competition Bureau and Inspector General of the City of Montreal sign partnership agreement

News Release

September 22, 2016 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau and the Inspector General of the City of Montreal are officially joining forces to fight and deter deceptive marketing practices and cartel activity, such as price‑fixing and bid‑rigging.

The new memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two organizations will enhance and promote cooperation, coordination, information sharing, education and awareness in areas of mutual interest. It will also contribute to the advancement of enforcement activities, outreach efforts and competition promotion.

The Bureau is involved in a number of MOUs with domestic agencies, which allow it to expand and strengthen its collaboration efforts across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The mandate of the Inspector General is to oversee contracting processes and the performance of contracts by the City or by a legal person related to the City.
  • The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.
  • A cartel refers to an agreement that businesses form to control production or marketing arrangements and not compete with one another. For example, two or more businesses may engage in a cartel to agree to fix prices, restrict output, allocate markets, or rig bids for goods or services.
  • The Bureau continues to collaborate with all its partners to prevent, detect, and deter anti‑competitive conduct, and protect Montreal’s consumers and businesses.

Quotes

"The Competition Bureau is glad to formalize its partnership with Montreal’s Inspector General. This new framework for collaboration will allow us to leverage each other’s expertise and resources to help prevent, detect and deter illegal activities in Montreal, for the benefit of consumers, business and the economy."

Matthew Boswell
Senior Deputy Commissioner of Competition

"Collaboration between law enforcement agencies is the basis of an active and effective fight against deception and collusion in the awarding and management of public procurement contracts. This agreement between the Competition Bureau of Canada and the Office of Inspector General of Montréal will allow us to coordinate our efforts in this fight and to be proactive in combatting situations that prevent the City of Montréal from soliciting tenders in an open and competitive market."

Denis Gallant
Montreal’s Inspector General

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The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.


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