OPP INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE BID-RIGGING ON CITY OF TORONTO PAVING CONTRACTS
Apr 28, 2017
By Bob Komsic
Possible bid-rigging for city paving contracts might be costing taxpayers millions every year.
OPP are investigating after a recent audit of city contracts awarded private contractors between January 2010 and June 2015.
City Auditor-General Beverly Romeo-Beehler’s audit found ”telltale signs of bid-rigging and inflated pricing”.
Her report does not identify any companies, but she estimates the city could save about $2.5-million-a-year on paving contracts alone, if the process were made more transparent and equitable.
Toronto police were briefed on the findings when the report came out last month, and the OPP now confirm provincial police are investigating.
The auditor-general’s report says considering the city of Toronto spends about $1-billion annually on construction contracts, it’s possible bid-rigging and similar potentially criminal dealings could be costing taxpayers tens of millions-a-year.
Mayor John Tory says the city’s ”transforming and modernizing the bid process to ensure a fair and competitive process that gives us the best price and best value for money.”