Whistleblowing initiative

Fact Sheet

March 16, 2016

If you believe that your employer is involved in a cartel, you can report it to the Competition Bureau and request that your identity be kept confidential.

The Bureau’s Whistleblowing Initiative is there to help you.

Here is a fictitious example:

Suppose you work in an accounting department. You become aware of suspicious activities by the company owners. You are not sure what to do with the information. You are afraid of retaliation and that you might lose your job, one that you enjoy very much.

What can you do?

How it works

The initiative allows members of the public to provide information to the Bureau regarding possible criminal activities under the Competition Act. Namely, agreements or arrangements among competitors to:

  • fix the price of goods or services;
  • allocate sales, customers or markets among themselves;
  • limit the production or supply of goods or services; or
  • rig bids or tenders submitted in the context of a tendering process.

Whistleblowers are protected by law

As a whistleblower, you have the right to be protected. You may request that your identity be kept confidential. Depending on the circumstances, you may be required to testify in court.

  • You cannot be dismissed, disciplined or harassed by your employer, as a result of providing information.
  • It is an offence for employers to take disciplinary measures, or threaten to do so, against employees because the employee provided information to law enforcement officials.

How to provide information

If you have information as a whistleblower, please contact the Bureau’s Information Centre anytime between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET from Monday to Friday:

Telephone: 1‑800‑348‑5358
Please press "0" to speak with an Information Officer.
TDD (for hearing impaired): 1‑866‑694‑8389
Fax: 819‑997‑0324

More information on the Bureau’s Whistleblowing Initiative can be found on our website.

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