2016-2017 Annual Plan focuses on strengthening competition to drive innovation

News Release

July 28, 2016 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau’s priorities for the current year include supporting innovation by deterring anti‑competitive conduct that discourages new entrants in the digital economy and using data screening to detect bid‑rigging in public infrastructure projects.

The Bureau’s 2016‑17 Annual Plan: Strengthening Competition to Drive Innovation also focuses on partnering with other domestic law enforcement agencies to create a consumer deceptive marketing advisory system; strengthening our network of international partners; and continuing to build a respectful, healthy and inclusive workplace.

The release of the Annual Plan follows an open consultation period, where Canadian consumers and stakeholders with an interest in the Bureau’s work were invited to submit feedback on a draft Annual Plan.

In line with our mandate to ensure that Canadians benefit from a competitive and innovative marketplace, the Bureau follows an integrated planning approach that connects its yearly activities with longer‑term goals.

Quick facts

  • The Annual Plan outlines how the Bureau will deliver, over the 2016‑17 period, on each of the strategic objectives from its three‑year 2015‑2018 Strategic Vision.
  • The Annual Plan supports the Bureau’s Action Plan on Transparency, which promotes the development of a cost‑effective and responsive agency, while providing Canadians with opportunities to learn about the Bureau’s work.

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Description

(This infographic features some of the key commitments from the Competition Bureau’s 2016‑2017 Annual Plan: Strengthening Competition to Drive Innovation, along with supporting icons. Each of the five key commitments that are highlighted aligns with one of the five strategic objectives from the Bureau’s three‑year 2015‑2018 Strategic Vision. The strategic objectives are to: empower Canadians, promote competition, increase compliance, collaborate with partners and champion excellence)

In 2016‑2017, the Bureau will:

(On the first line we see an icon of a maple leaf, accompanied by the first strategic objective "to empower Canadians," followed by a key commitment that supports that objective in 2016‑2017, followed by an activity that the Bureau has committed to do during the period)

Empower Canadians by highlighting the dangers of deceptive marketing through a new #ConsumerAlert.

(We then see an icon representing the concept of an alert: an exclamation mark inside a triangle)

(On the second line, we see an icon of two people competing in a race, one of them holding a briefcase, accompanied by the second strategic objective "to promote competition," followed by a key commitment that supports that objective in 2016‑2017, followed by an activity that the Bureau has committed to do during the period)

Promote competition by advocating for an innovation‑friendly, pro‑competitive approach to regulation including completing a market study on fintech.

(We then see an icon representing the fintech concept: a laptop with a piggybank on the screen)

(On the third line, we see an icon of a clipboard with a to‑do list, accompanied by the third strategic objective to "increase compliance," followed by a key commitment that supports that objective in 2016‑2017, followed by an activity that the Bureau has committed to do during the period)

Increase compliance, focusing on potential bid‑rigging related to infrastructure spending using data screening to detect bid‑rigging.

(We then see an icon representing the data screening concept: a magnifying glass with a dollar sign on it, over a bar chart)

(On the fourth line, we see an icon of two people holding briefcases face‑to‑face with a double arrow pointing to each of them, accompanied by the fourth strategic objective to "collaborate with partners." This is followed by a key commitment that supports that objective in 2016‑2017, followed by an activity that the Bureau has committed to do during the period)

Collaborate with partners and strengthen our international network by participating in two capacity‑building projects.

(We then see an icon representing the concept of international collaboration: three people side by side. The person at the front is looking at a laptop. A globe is in the background, representing the Earth)

(On the fifth and final line, we see a championship cup, accompanied by the fifth strategic objective to "champion excellence." This is followed by a key commitment that supports that objective in 2016‑2017, followed by an activity that the Bureau has committed to do during the period)

Champion excellence by promoting a culture of excellence throughout the Bureau and fostering a culture of diversity and inclusiveness.

(We then see an icon representing the concept of diversity: the outline of four hands meeting in the centre. Two of them are black and two are teal)

At the bottom of the infographic, on the far left, is the Competition Bureau / Government of Canada federal identity logo, which features the Canadian flag on the left and the words "Competition Bureau Canada, Bureau de la concurrence Canada" to the right of the flag.

At the bottom of the infographic, on the far right, is the Government of Canada wordmark, which features the word "Canada" with a small Canadian flag above the last letter "a".

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