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Canada: Changes to Competition Act mean harsher sentences for antitrust violators

 |  November 27, 2012

Amendments to sentencing provisions of Canada’s Criminal Code of the Safe Streets and Communities Act have changed how those convicted of bid-rigging are to be sentenced, making for harsher punishments for offenders. The Amendments have removed the option of conditional sentences – meaning sentences served in the community (such as house arrest or community service) that are administered for offences without a minimum sentence and when a court administers a sentence of less than two years – for those charged with bid-rigging or conspiracy under the Competition Act. This means that those convicted of these types of antitrust crimes will now face potential prison time. The amendments came into effect on November 20.

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