On October 30, 2017, Global Affairs Canada announced the removal of the facilitation payments exception from the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). The facilitation payments exception was repealed by Bill S‑14: An Act to amend the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. The repeal is to come into force on October 31, 2017.
Facilitation payments, also known as “grease payments,” are payments made to foreign government officials to speed up or facilitate routine transactions such as permits. These payments were not previously covered by the bribery offence in the CFPOA.