2022 Adjustment to filing fees for Competition Bureau merger reviews will come into effect on April 1

News release

March 25, 2022 – GATINEAU, QC – Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau announced today that the filing fee for merger reviews is set to increase from $74,905.57 to $77,452.36 pursuant to a required annual adjustment set out in the Service Fees Act. The new filing fee comes into effect April 1, 2022.

The Competition Act requires that entities notify the Bureau of proposed mergers, acquisitions and other transactions that meet certain thresholds. The Bureau reviews these notifiable transactions to determine if they are likely to substantially prevent or lessen competition. The filing fee applies to entities filing a pre-merger notification and/or requesting an Advance Ruling Certificate (ARC).

Quick facts

  • Under the Service Fees Act, the Bureau’s filing fee for merger reviews is subject to an annual Consumer Price Index adjustment.

  • On April 1, 2021, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s new Remission Policy, which applies to filing fees for pre-merger notifications and/or ARC requests, came into effect.

  • The Remission Policy’s Program Annexes set out how the principles and requirements of the policy apply to Bureau merger reviews.

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