OECD - Paris, 28 March 2011
Canada’s enforcement of the foreign bribery offence still lagging; must urgently boost efforts to prosecute, says OECD
Although Canada has recently made progress in investigating the bribery of foreign public officials by Canadian
businesses, Canada has only completed one prosecution since it enacted its foreign bribery law in 1999. A new report by
the OECD states that Canada’s regime for enforcement of the Corruption
of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) remains problematic in important areas.
The OECD Working Group on Bribery has just completed a report on Canada’s enforcement of the Convention on Combating
Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. Enforcement has recently increased, with one
company convicted in 2005 for violating the CFPOA, one ongoing prosecution and over 20 active investigations, the report
notes. Credit for these cases is largely attributed to the RCMP International Anti-Corruption Unit, established in 2008.
The RCMP Unit has two teams – one in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, and another in Calgary, Canada’s hub for the extractive
industries. The Unit is also commended for its substantial public outreach and awareness-raising efforts.
But the report warns that Canada’s ability to successfully prosecute these investigations will be in jeopardy unless the
Public Prosecution Service of Canada is given the resources it needs to prosecute the large volume of cases that may
soon follow the investigations.