What to include in your tip

Learn what type of information and details to include in your tip. It is up to you what information you include. The more information you are able to provide, the more likely we will be able to identify and understand the incident so we can take appropriate preventative, investigative or corrective action.

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About providing tips

All tips are valuable. It’s ok if you don’t have all the suggested information on this page. Provide only what you have. You can do so anonymously.

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Have you seen something suspicious or unfair in a Government of Canada (GC) contract?

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Details to include

Include details about those involved and the contract, such as:

Description of the situation

Provide as much detail as possible, including but not limited to:

Timeframe of incident

Tell us when the incident occurred and include specific dates, periods, or timeframes. It’s ok if you are reporting something that has happened in the past or something that is ongoing. We can still take action.

Supporting documents

Providing supporting documents can really help us take action. These kinds of documents are useful:

Examples: Complete and partial tips

We are more likely to be able to take action with a complete tip as it includes identifying information, a description of the suspected incident and documents that help support the allegation.

Explore the following 2 examples of tips: 1 with complete information and 1 with partial and incomplete information.

Example: Complete tip

My neighbour, John Smith, who lives at 555 Main Street in City, Province, works for the GC at the Department of Procurement. I know this because I have a business card from him. He has recently started taking expensive trips numerous time a year. On June 1st of this year, when I mentioned that he was lucky to travel so often, John mentioned to me that he took 5 trips with representatives of Company A over the last 2 years. When I said that I thought he worked for the GC, John explained to me that one of his responsibilities at Department of Procurement is to purchase large quantities of widgets. He told me he loves Company A widgets. Company A is so appreciative that it includes John in their “recognition” program and rewards him with trips to various locations. He then told me that if I was ever in the market for widgets, he could get me a good deal through Company A. He sent me the attached email telling me about the widgets and listed a few of his contacts at the company. He provided a link to the company website and to the resort that he just got back from.

A complete tip is more likely to be actionable

This tip has enough identifying information (name, address, business name, department, type of goods involved) to identify the person and company who are alleged to be cheating on a GC contract.

It also gives a detailed description about the problematic situation. The tip includes a timeframe with dates of conversations, trips and the length of time the suspicious behaviour occurred. It also provides supporting documentation, an email with more details on the widgets and the business involved.

Example: Partial tip

My neighbour travels often with her husband, and I’m sure she can’t afford it. She works for the GC but I think she is doing something illegal to pay for her trips. Her name is Ms. Doe. We live in City, Province, on Park Street.

A partial tip is valuable but may not be actionable

Though this tip has partial identifying information which could be used to help identify a person, it is missing a description of a suspected cheating incident. As a result, we will most likely not be able to take action on this tip.

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Have you seen something suspicious or unfair in a GC contract?

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