The Competition Bureau and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada launch revised immunity and leniency programs

It used to be the best deal in town: participants in criminal price-fixing conspiracies could approach the Competition Bureau and receive either complete immunity or leniency in exchange for ratting out their co-conspirators. The Bureau and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) still offer immunity and leniency in exchange for cooperation, but recent changes to the immunity and leniency programs increase the uncertainty faced by participants. As a result, the decision to seek immunity or leniency becomes harder to make; indeed, it is not always the right choice. Immunity and Leniency for Competition Offences The concept behind the immunity and leniency programs is simple: the Bureau and the PPSC offer a reward to firms that are prepared to assist with the investigation of

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Michael Osborne, Chris Hersh, Tegan O'Brien, The Competition Bureau and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada launch revised immunity and leniency programs, 27 September 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2018, Art. N° 88578

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