Everybody loves to be a winner.
Sometimes it's by luck.
Most times it's by good old-fashioned hard work.
Just ask any businessperson.
Business - any type of business - is very competitive,
especially when bidding for jobs.
Well, at least bidding is supposed to be competitive...
Some companies try to avoid competition by rigging bids.
And THAT'S illegal!
Let's put our heads together on this one.
If you make some changes to your bid and let me win this job,
I'll fix my bid to your advantage on the next one!
It's illegal to submit cover bids
to give the impression of a competitive bidding process.
Your punishment can include a big fine, even jail time!
Psst! Did you see that latest call for tenders? Look,
no need for us to compete against each other!
You bid higher than me this time, so I win.
I'll bid higher than you next time, and it's yours! Agreed?
We'll make a bundle!
Or you could simply find yourself in jail with a criminal record.
So I heard you submitted your bid yesterday.
Tell you what... if you withdraw your bid on this one,
I'll do the same for you on the next one!
Think of your reputation and credibility ruined!
Busted as a cheat!
OK then, what about this...
You can bid on all the jobs in this area here,
and I'll bid on all the jobs over there. Sounds good?
Sounds like trouble.
It's illegal for suppliers to agree not to compete in designated geographic regions
or for specific customers.
One more example!
Well, how about I alone bid on this call for tenders,
and won't bid on the next one so that you get your chance?
Nope! That's called bid suppression. Bad move!
But here's a great way to come clean!
If you have been involved in cover bidding,
bid rotation, bid withdrawal, bid suppression or market division,
you could be eligible for immunity from prosecution
if you are first to report the offence to the Competition Bureau.
Others who self-report early in the Bureau's investigation
may also qualify for lenient treatment.
If you suspect someone of bid-rigging,
contact the Competition Bureau immediately to report it.
Bid-rigging is a criminal offence under Canada's Competition Act.
Whether this occurs on government projects or in the private sector,
the increased costs are ultimately passed on to the public.
Firms and individuals convicted of bid-rigging
face fines at the discretion of the court
or jail time up to 14 years, or both.
So be a winner.
Compete to win.
Do things the right way; the legal way.
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