Competition Bureau and Defence Construction Canada collaborate to ensure competitive procurement processes  

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Matthew Boswell, Interim Commissioner of Competition (left), and James Paul, DCC President and CEO, signed a memorandum of understanding in Ottawa today.

December 20, 2018 – OTTAWA, ON

The Competition Bureau and Defence Construction Canada (DCC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to enhance cooperation as both agencies work to ensure fair and competitive public procurement processes.

By reinforcing their collaboration, the agencies will strengthen their mutual efforts to protect public contracts from bid-rigging and other criminal cartel activities. Competitive public procurement processes allow Canadians to get the best value for their tax dollars, while promoting innovation and economic growth.

The MOU establishes a framework for collaboration and coordination between the Competition Bureau and DCC in three key areas:

  1. detecting and addressing potential cartel activity in relation to DCC procurement processes;
  2. sharing resources, information and best practices related to procurement and competition law; and
  3. engaging in joint education and outreach activities to raise awareness about detecting and preventing cartels.

The Competition Bureau is committed to building strong, collaborative relationships with its partners to ensure that Canadians prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.

Quick facts

  • Defence Construction Canada is a Crown corporation that provides innovative and cost-effective contracting, construction contract management, infrastructure and environmental services for Canada's defence requirements.

  • Information sharing is subject to the organizations’ respective confidentiality and privacy obligations. The organizations will not exchange information if doing so would contravene any relevant legislation, policies, guidance documents or international agreements.

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