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Canadian Federal Government Moderates "Integrity Framework" Penalties

July-13-2015

Lawyer Jason Wadden
Area Corporate and Commercial, Litigation, White Collar Risk Management and Investigations

Summary

The Government of Canada has introduced amendments to its "Integrity Framework" to moderate the harsh impact of debarment policies that prevent companies from bidding on federal government contracts if they or their affiliates have been convicted of certain listed criminal offences in Canada or abroad.  These debarment policies have been subject to intense criticism over the last fourteen months since they automatically apply even if the company self-reported the offence, cooperated with authorities, or took remedial measures.

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