Government of Canada Seeks Views on Addressing Corporate Wrongdoing

Gatineau, Quebec - The Government of Canada is committed to taking action against corporate wrongdoing. To this end, the Government is launching a public consultation to seek input on potential enhancements to the Integrity Regime and on whether deferred prosecution agreements should be used in Canada.

The Integrity Regime helps ensure that the Government conducts business with ethical suppliers. It also creates an incentive for suppliers to maintain strong ethical standards and effective compliance frameworks. The input provided by Canadians, the private sector and other stakeholders will help make the regime more effective and ensure that it is achieving its objectives.

This consultation is also an opportunity to consider the possibility of introducing Canadian deferred prosecution agreements which would be negotiated between an accused and the prosecutor, as an additional tool for prosecutors to use to hold offenders to account and deter corporate wrongdoing. They could increase detection of wrongdoing through self-reporting, and help improve corporate culture and compliance.

Input from the consultation will help ensure the Government has effective mechanisms in place to continue addressing corporate wrongdoing in an evolving marketplace.

Facts

The Government of Canada spends approximately $20 billion per year on procurement contracts, real property agreements, the management of Crown-owned properties and 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.

The United Kingdom and the United States currently have deferred prosecution agreements regimes.