Sept. 17, 2020 - As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to unfold around the globe, antitrust considerations remain important for businesses evaluating strategic options and reacting to the pandemic’s disruptive impact on business operations. The legality of competitor collaborations, the applicable...
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 email@example.com.
Aug. 13, 2020 - The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry has issued an order, under recently enacted federal legislation, extending several time periods for the national security review (NSR) process under the Investment Canada Act (ICA). The NSR process may be invoked in respect of any...