How the Bureau fights cartels?

Combatting cartels is a top priority for the Competition Bureau and competition authorities worldwide. The Bureau will continue to vigorously pursue all those involved in cartel activities.

When the Bureau becomes aware of cartel activities, it investigates and if there is reason to believe that an offence has been committed, or is about to be committed, the Commissioner of Competition may launch a formal inquiry.

Once an inquiry has begun, investigators have access to powers under the Competition Act or the Criminal Code to gather evidence.

Where there is sufficient evidence of a cartel offence, the Commissioner of Competition may refer the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions for criminal prosecution.

For more information on the approach the Bureau takes to assessing collaborations between competitors, consult the Competitor Collaboration Guidelines.

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