Information can also be provided anonymously online
OTTAWA, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the integrity of federal contracts and real property agreements.
A dedicated telephone tip line and online form to accept anonymous tips from Canadians who suspect fraud, collusion and corruption in federal government contracts and real property agreements is being launched today.
Unethical business practices in public procurement undermine fair competition, threaten the integrity of markets, increase the cost and risk of doing business, and undermine public confidence in government.
Those who witness or suspect unethical business practices in federal contracting, such as bid-rigging, price‑fixing, bribery, undisclosed conflict of interest and fraudulent contract schemes, can provide information anonymously by calling 1-844-365-1616 or by completing an online form.
The Federal Contracting Fraud Tip Line is a joint initiative of the Competition Bureau, Public Services and Procurement Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This line complements measures already in place to ensure that federal contracts are lawful, ethical and fair.
"Consumer confidence in the marketplace is of the utmost importance for the government. Informed and aware consumers are important players in an innovation economy. By recognizing and reporting unethical practices, consumers and businesses can protect themselves and assist the Bureau and its partners in the fight against fraud."
The Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
"Canadians trust us to manage their hard-earned tax dollars with the utmost care and prudence. This tip line will allow individuals to report fraud, collusion and corruption through anonymous means. It complements the Public Services and Procurement Canada tools already in place, such as the Fairness Monitoring Program, which provides Canadians with independent assurance that the federal government conducts business in a fair, open and transparent way."
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement
"Corruption affects everyone as it threatens our country's economy, environment, and safety. This partnership to combat fraud, collusion and corruption in federal contracts is part of the Public Safety Portfolio's mandate to protect Canada's financial integrity."
The Honourable Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"The Competition Bureau believes that strong cooperation among law enforcers and partner organizations is key to ensuring that illegal conduct is investigated and that appropriate action is taken. We are proud to partner with Public Services and Procurement Canada and the RCMP in this important endeavour."
Commissioner of Competition
- The Government of Canada spends approximately $20 billion per year on procurement contracts, real property agreements, the management of Crown-owned properties and the making of rental payments on 1,690 lease contracts across Canada.
- In 2015, the Government of Canada introduced its Integrity Regime, which prevents suppliers with a record of unethical behaviour from being awarded contracts and real property agreements. Other measures include regular procurement reviews, codes of conduct and fairness monitoring.
- Report fraud, collusion and corruption in business with government
- Competition in the infrastructure sector
- Investigating cartels
SOURCE Competition Bureau
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