Immunity and Leniency Programs under the Competition Act
Competition Bureau Canada
The purpose of the Immunity and Leniency Programs (Programs) is to uncover and stop criminal anti‑competitive activity prohibited by the Competition Act (Act) and to deter others from engaging in similar behaviour. The Programs are administered jointly by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner). Under the Programs, the Competition Bureau (Bureau), headed by the Commissioner, is responsible for investigating alleged wrongdoing and making recommendations to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) to grant immunity and leniency. The PPSC, under the direction of the DPP, is responsible for the decision to enter into an immunity or plea agreement with an applicant in accordance with the principles set out in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada Deskbook (PPSC Deskbook). These responsibilities are discharged by the Bureau and the PPSC, in mutual recognition of the other's independence.
Catalogue Number: Iu54-71/2018E-PDF
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