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Investigating cartels

A cartel is formed when competitors make an agreement, an arrangement or conspire to lessen or prevent competition. The most common forms of cartel conduct include rigging bids, fixing prices, market allocation, and output restriction. Cartels are illegal because they lead to higher prices, decreased product choice and less innovation.


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What is a cartel

When independent businesses act together to lessen or prevent competition.

Reporting cartels

Safe and confidential ways to contact the Bureau.

Fighting cartels

From investigation to criminal prosecution.

Penalties related to cartel activities

Criminal charges, fines and imprisonment.

Cartels and the Competition Act

Provisions that prohibit cartels.

Competition in the infrastructure sector

How to comply with the law if you work in infrastructure.

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