Statement from the Commissioner of Competition regarding searches in the greater Toronto area


March 12, 2018 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition, issued the following statement today regarding searches conducted at the offices of Postmedia, TorStar and Metroland  in Toronto:

"In response to news reports and questions from the media, I can confirm that the Competition Bureau is investigating alleged anti-competitive conduct contrary to the conspiracy provisions of the Competition Act. The Bureau is also examining this matter under the merger provisions of the Act.

Investigators with the Bureau are currently gathering evidence to determine the facts relating to the alleged conspiracy. There is no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time and no charges have been laid.

By law, the Bureau’s investigations and inquiries are conducted confidentially. Therefore, I cannot comment further on this matter. Should there be evidence of a violation of the Act, we will not hesitate to take appropriate action.”


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