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Competition Bureau cracks down on bid-rigging in construction industry

Canada’s Commissioner of Competition has publicly stated that the Competition Bureau will continue to intensify its focus on the construction industry, on the basis that the industry is “particularly susceptible to cartel activity.” The Bureau’s focus is on the prevention and prosecution of
both bid-rigging and price-fi xing. To assist industry participants, the Bureau has repeatedly emphasized the need for industry participants and related trade associations to develop and implement compliance programs to teach their employees about the Competition Act and keep them on the right side of the law.

Think your company doesn’t need a compliance policy? Test your knowledge of competition law issues for construction companies with
the questions below.

Whether it is to welcome new
American tenants (i.e. Target,
J. Crew, and Crate & Barrel), to
convert buildings to become
LEED certified, or to entice more
shoppers to come into their centre,
many shopping centres and
office buildings in Canada have
recently completed, or are in the
midst of, expansion and modernization.
For example, in Toronto
alone, a major renovation of two
food courts at the Eaton Centre
has occurred, Yorkdale Shopping
Centre is undergoing a major
expansion to accommodate
more tenants, and First Canadian
Place has re-skinned its exterior
walls and windows and
renovated its common areas and
retail spaces. How do you think
different types of redevelopment


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