February 27, 2018, Gatineau – The Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canadians from corporate wrongdoing and to holding companies accountable for such misconduct. The Government of Canada recognizes that it is important to continually assess whether the right tools are in place to achieve this. To this end, the government held a public consultation from September 25 to December 8, 2017, to seek input on potential enhancements to the Integrity Regime and on a possible Canadian deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) regime. During the course of the consultation, over seventy submissions were received and more than 370 Canadians, industry associations, businesses, non-governmental organizations and others participated. In keeping with the Government of Canada’s commitment to transparency, a report summarizing what we heard during the public consultation period is available.
The Government of Canada will respond to this consultation by introducing legislation for deferred prosecution agreements to be implemented through judicial remediation orders, as an additional tool for holding corporate offenders to account. The Government will also bring forward enhancements to the Integrity Regime.
For information, please visit the Consultation for Expanding Canada’s Toolkit to Address Corporate Wrongdoing web page.
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Please note: Changes were made to this news item on February 28, 2018, after the original publication, to reflect the most up to date content.