Cardinal Ventilation fined $375,000 for rigging bids for ventilation contracts in Montréal
October 27, 2017 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau
Cardinal Ventilation Inc. was fined $375,000 after pleading guilty to one count of bid-rigging related to three condominium development projects in Montréal.
Cardinal Ventilation, a company linked to Les Industries Garanties Limitée, admitted that it conspired with competing firms to obtain a ventilation contract by ensuring it offered the lowest bid on the Faubourg St-Laurent Phase II construction project in Montréal. The company also admitted to its participation in two other agreements intended to ensure that competing firms would get the contracts for two other projects: Le Roc Fleuri and Tour St-Antoine.
To date, four companies and two individuals have pleaded guilty for their participation in the bid-rigging scheme and were handed down fines from the courts totalling over $1 million.
In December 2010, the Bureau laid charges against eight companies and five individuals after investigating allegations of bid-rigging for the installation of ventilation systems on high rise residential construction projects.
The remaining accused in this bid-rigging matter is Yves Rousseau, president of Ventilex Inc.
Bid-rigging is a serious criminal offence that harms all Canadians by reducing competition. Consumers and companies have the right to expect a competitive market that encourages continuous innovation, greater efficiency, lower prices and high-quality products and services.
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