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On October 31, 2017, the Government of Canada amended its anti-corruption law to explicitly bar facilitation payments. This move is part of an ongoing effort by Canadian authorities to tighten its anti-corruption regulations.
The aggressive move to improve both Canada’s legal regime and its enforcement of anti-corruption stems from several significant developments in 2011. In March of that year, Canada was shamed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which criticized Canada for its relatively weak framework and limited enforcement actions in combatting foreign corruption. In October of that year, the Government of Quebec appointed the “Charbonneau Commission”, which uncovered significant governance lapses and corruption in the contracting of public works in the province.
Since that time, tolerance for corruption in Canada and for improper dealings by Canadian firms abroad have steadily diminished. The Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), which was passed in 1999, bars bribery of foreign public officials when the act occurs wholly or partially in Canada. Read More...