2017 pre-merger notification transaction-size threshold

News Release

March 3, 2017 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau announced today that the 2017 pre-merger notification threshold relating to transaction size will increase to $88 million from the 2016 threshold of $87 million.

Once the 2017 threshold is in effect, the Competition Bureau must generally be given advance notice of proposed transactions when the target’s assets in Canada or revenues from sales in or from Canada generated from those assets exceed $88 million, and when the combined Canadian assets or revenues of the parties and their respective affiliates in, from or into Canada exceed $400 million.

Under the Competition Act mergers of all sizes and in all sectors of the economy are subject to review by the Commissioner of Competition. The Act requires that companies notify the Commissioner if proposed mergers, acquisitions and other proposed business transactions meet certain thresholds. The Commissioner reviews these notifiable transactions to determine if they are likely to prevent or lessen competition substantially. The threshold is reviewed annually.


Quick Facts

  • The 2017 threshold will come into effect immediately following publication in the Canada Gazette Part 1, which we anticipate will occur on March 4, 2017.
  • As per the indexing mechanism set out in the Competition Act, the pre-merger notification transaction-size threshold is reviewed annually.

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