Hiding in Plain Sight: The Competition Bureau's Criminal Cartel Whistleblowing Initiative

WeirFoulds LLP | OCTOBER 24, 2013
Nikiforos Iatrou

This past spring, Canada's Commissioner of Competition, John Pecman, announced the launch of the Competition Bureau's Criminal Cartel Whistleblowing Initiative (the "Initiative"), aimed at creating awareness of underused whistleblower protections in Canada's Competition Act (the "Act"). This is but one initiative in the Bureau's arsenal of programs aimed at cracking down on cartels and collusive activity. The Initiative complements the Immunity and Leniency Programs, which have been credited for helping the Bureau in its enforcement activities in Canada.
 
As is further described in this newsletter, the whistleblower program: 

• encourages employees, customers, and suppliers to notify the Bureau where they have reasonable grounds to believe that a person has committed, or intends to commit, a criminal offence under the Act; 
• assures whistleblowers that the Bureau will keep their identity confidential and that any information that is communicated to other law enforcement agencies does not reveal the identity of the whistleblower; and
• protects whistleblower employees from employer reprisal.
 
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