Competition Bureau releases 2018-19 Annual Plan: Building trust to advance competition in the marketplace

News release

May 30, 2018 – OTTAWA, ON – Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau has published its 2018-19 Annual Plan: Building trust to advance competition in the marketplace.

The Annual Plan details the Bureau’s priorities for the coming year as it continues to foster competition and innovation in Canada while building trust with consumers and businesses. These priorities include tackling high-impact cases that make a real difference in the everyday lives of Canadians, such as the Bureau’s ongoing investigations into bread price-fixing in the grocery sector. The Bureau will also prioritize consumer-focussed cases in the digital economy, and target deceptive marketing practices in the health and biosciences sector.

In addition to enforcing Canada’s competition laws, the Bureau will advance competition in the marketplace in 2018-2019 by:

  • Empowering consumers and businesses with timely and accurate information to make informed decisions;
  • Launching a study to help Canadians understand digital pricing practices and how they affect competition;
  • Using a range of advocacy tools, including a market study, to promote increased competition and innovation in regulated sectors of the economy;
  • Updating its Abuse of Dominance Enforcement Guidelines to clarify its approach to abuse of dominance cases;
  • Increasing transparency on its approach to market studies by publishing a revised Market Studies Information Bulletin;
  • Conducting a study focused on efficiencies to stimulate discussion and support merger enforcement;
  • Providing leadership by sharing competition expertise, knowledge and insight with various levels of government, sector regulators, businesses and consumers. 

Publication of the Annual Plan follows a public consultation period during which Canadian consumers and other stakeholders were invited to submit comments on a draft version.

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