Jan. 21, 2020 - In our annual forecast of the year ahead for Canadian competition and foreign investment review law, we evaluate how developments in 2019 will influence these areas of the law in 2020. We discuss below the main issues and trends to watch for this year. Continued Focus on Enforcement in the...
Canada, Competition and Fintech: A Review
On May 19, 2016, Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced that it is launching a “market study” into technology-led innovation in the Canadian financial services sector, also referred to as “fintech.” The Bureau’s study will focus on how innovation is affecting the way consumers and businesses use financial products and services; barriers to entry faced by fintech companies; and whether there is a need for regulatory reform to promote greater competition while maintaining consumer confidence in the sector. The ultimate objective of the study is to help the Bureau advise and guide financial sector regulators and other relevant authorities on how to ensure that regulation does not unnecessarily impede innovation and competition in the sector. The Bureau intends to conduct its information-gathering and analysis over the course of the balance of 2016 and to publish its report in the Spring of 2017.
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Jan. 15, 2020 - The official Annual Report under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) for the fiscal year 2018-19 was released at the end of 2019. This document sets out various statistics and other noteworthy developments during that time frame (i.e., April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019) relating to the two...