The Competition Bureau and Spectrum and Telecommunications Sector enhance cooperation

News release

April 5, 2018 – OTTAWA, ON – The Competition Bureau (Bureau) and the Spectrum and Telecommunications Sector (STS) of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which will contribute to improved delivery of their respective mandates and enhanced transparency.

As part of its mandate, the Bureau reviews mergers to determine whether they could reduce competition in Canada. Sometimes, these mergers involve spectrum transfers between companies and, in those instances, the Bureau and STS cooperate in the reviews they conduct under their respective independent mandates to ensure a timely and well-informed assessment of the transaction.

Both organizations play a key role in fostering innovation and competition for the benefit of Canada’s consumers and economy.This MOU creates a framework for cooperation in areas of mutual interest in order for both organizations to gain from each other’s expertise.

Fostering strong and collaborative relationships with partners is key to ensuring that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.

Quick facts

  • Openness and transparency are two of the Bureau’s core values. The publication of this MOU between the Bureau and STS directly supports the Bureau’s Action Plan on Transparency, which aims to promote the development of a more cost-effective, efficient and responsive agency, while providing Canadians with more opportunities to learn about its work.

  • Decisions made by the Commissioner of Competition under the Competition Act and by the Minister of ISED under the Radiocommunication Act are taken independently and in accordance with each organization’s respective statute. However, the analysis conducted for the purpose of each independent review, and in some cases the outcomes, can benefit and inform the decisions of both organizations.

  • Information sharing is subject to the organizations’ respective confidentiality obligations. The organizations do not exchange information if doing so would contravene any relevant legislation, international instrument, policy or guidance document.

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