Competition Bureau and the OPP strengthen investigative ties

July 30, 2015 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are forging a stronger partnership to combat cartels, bid‑rigging, false or misleading representations and deceptive marketing practices as defined in the Competition Act and the Criminal Code of Canada.

The two agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance collaboration between the Bureau and the OPP through a number of channels, including:

  • Consultation on matters that are of mutual interest, such as coordination of enforcement efforts where appropriate;
  • Sharing of resources and information in areas of mutual interest; and
  • Providing outreach activities to educate organizations and individuals to help detect, report and prevent illegal activities.

While preserving the individual agencies’ respective powers and duties, the MOU recognizes that the Bureau and the OPP share a common goal of enhancing public safety through investigating illegal economic activities that may pose regional, provincial, national or international threats to Canada’s economy.

Among other important initiatives, the Bureau and the OPP, along with the RCMP, jointly manage the Canadian Anti‑Fraud Centre—Canada's central repository for data, intelligence and resource material as it relates to all forms of fraud and victimization.

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"The impact of large scale criminal fraud can cause a ‘ripple effect’ that erodes trust in the Canadian economy and annual losses to taxpayers and businesses that total well over one billion dollars. I’m confident this agreement with the Competition Bureau of Canada will result in future investigative successes and greater public safety and security."
OPP Deputy Commissioner Scott TOD
Commander — Investigations and Organized Crime
"The Bureau and the OPP have an important, long‑standing working relationship that has now been formalized thanks to this agreement. We will continue to collaborate on important economic issues that affect Canadians in order to prevent them from falling victim to crime."
Matthew Boswell
Senior Deputy Commissioner of Competition

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OPP Provincial Media Coordinator
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