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Competition Bureau workshop addressed disruptive business models and non‑price effects

March 4, 2016 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau

From broadcasting to taxis to hospitality, new business models used by Netflix, Uber and Airbnb are reshaping industries around the world.

The Competition Bureau today published a report highlighting key insights gleaned from a workshop it held in January to examine how competition policy, enforcement and government regulation can keep pace with innovation.

The workshop brought together more than 120 leading thinkers and key participants from the academic, legal, business and public sectors, who shared insights into two key themes:

  1. Disruptive business models and the questions they raise for competition agencies and regulatory bodies; and
  2. How best to incorporate non-price effects, such as innovation, quality and consumer choice, into competition assessments.

The report is now available on the Bureau’s website. A series of short videos with key participants from the event are also available on the Bureau’s YouTube channel in both French and English.

Quick facts:

  • Competition’s impact on consumers goes beyond lower prices. It includes product quality, convenience, choice and innovation.
  • Robust competition policy and enforcement nurtures a competitive and innovative Canadian marketplace.
  • The Bureau is active in promoting competition in a number of regulated sectors where innovation is changing the competitive landscape.

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