12/03/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2021 13:50
December 3, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario
Money laundering is a complex and significant problem that threatens the integrity and stability of the financial sector and broader economy. It is a serious crime that affects Canadians' safety, security and quality of life. Criminal organizations rely on laundered funds to feed other criminal activity like corruption, fraud, drug and human trafficking and other serious crimes that harm our communities.
Today marks the conclusion of a weeklong virtual conference, which brought together more than 850 investigators, prosecutors and other experts from across Canada to discuss anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. Organized by the Financial Crimes Coordination Centre (FC3), it was the first large scale conference of anti-money laundering professionals in this country.
Key areas of discussion included:
The Financial Crimes Coordination Centre is a five-year pilot initiative first announced in Budget 2019. Now operational, the FC3 will coordinate support to investigators and prosecutors across jurisdictions. Its creation signals an important step in strengthening Canada's Anti-Money Laundering Regime and demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to taking stronger action on combatting financial crime.
The FC3's inaugural conference concluded with a renewed sense of determination to improving enforcement outcomes.