Engineering firm CIMA+ has been ordered to pay CA$3.2 million (US$2.5 million) over the next four years for bid-rigging on municipal infrastructure contracts in the province of Québec.
The payment is part of a settlement filed with the Superior Court of Québec between the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and CIMA+. The settlement ends the Competition Bureau’s investigation of the company’s role in a bid-rigging scheme that targeted municipal contracts in Québec City, Montreal, Laval, St-Eustache, and Gatineau between 2003 and 2011.
The settlement takes into account the fact that CIMA+ previously reimbursed over-payments related to the bid-rigging through the Government of Quebec’s Voluntary Reimbursement Program. The Court also ordered the company to maintain its corporate compliance program, which is designed to prevent further anticompetitive activity by its employees.
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