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...
The Cartels and Leniency Review: Canada
The Competition Act (Act) is Canada’s key antitrust legislation. The stated purpose of the Act is to maintain and encourage competition in Canada to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy. Within this federal legislation are provisions dealing with reviewable practices, such as abuse of dominance and price maintenance, as well as provisions dealing with criminal conduct, such as conspiracies between competitors and bid rigging.
This article by George Addy, Anita Banicevic and Mark Katz focuses on the cartel provisions in the Act, which make it a criminal offence for competitors to enter into certain types of agreements. The article breaks down the enforcement of these provisions by the Competition Bureau (Bureau), while providing a primer on potential liabilities, defences, exemptions and penalties. It also examines both the coordination between jurisdictions and the court’s power to compel disclosure from the Bureau in light of recent developments.
This article was first published in The Cartels and Leniency Review - Edition 5 (published in January 2017 – editors Christine A Varney and John Terzaken). For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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...