The City of Montreal has recovered $31 million from companies that colluded to raise the cost of public contracts, Radio-Canada reports.
The city and various engineering and construction firms agreed on the payment amounts under Quebec’s voluntary reimbursement program. The program, which ran from November 2015 to December 2017, was designed to avoid lengthy court battles between cities and contractors. The payments are said to cover unfair payments going back as far as two decades.
The total amount recovered, $31 063 294, is just the beginning, said mayor Valérie Plante. "It is our intention to sue those who have decided not to take the opportunity to participate in the voluntary reimbursement program," she said.
Under the voluntary reimbursement program, a total of $95 million was recovered across the province of Quebec, but mostly in Greater Montreal, where Laval also collected over $30 million from participating companies. In total, 31 companies voluntarily paid back money.