The Competition Bureau has obtained a court order to advance its inquiry into The Dufresne Group, Inc. and its affiliates, which operate through the retail banners Dufresne Furniture and Appliances and certain Ashley Furniture HomeStores in Canada.
The Competition Tribunal issued a decision dismissing the Competition Bureau’s challenge of Parrish & Heimbecker’s (P&H) acquisition of one primary grain elevator in Virden, Manitoba from Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC). While we are disappointed that the Tribunal has ruled against our challenge, we are carefully reviewing the Tribunal’s decision to determine appropriate next steps.
The Competition Bureau has concluded that WestJet's proposed acquisition of Sunwing Vacations and Sunwing Airlines is likely to result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition in the sale of vacation packages to Canadians.
The Competition Bureau published its new Information Bulletin on Transparency, a resource that explains the approach the Bureau takes in communicating with different groups of people during its investigations. The groups include those who are subject to an investigation, as well as the general public, complainants, and industry participants.
The Competition Bureau is launching a study of grocery store competition in Canada. The study will examine various issues with the goal of recommending measures that governments can take to help improve competition in the sector.
The Competition Bureau has approved Environmental 360 Solutions Ltd. (E360S) as the purchaser of seven facilities that supply industrial waste services (IWS) and/or oil recycling services (ORS) in western Canada from GFL Environmental Inc. (GFL). The sale of the business was completed on October 17, 2022.
Francois Paulhus, a former executive of engineering firm Genivar (now WSP Canada), has pleaded guilty in the Court of Quebec to conspiring to rig bids for City of Gatineau infrastructure contracts, and was sentenced to pay a $25,000 fine, in addition to a 15% surcharge on that amount.
In its most recent market study report, the Competition Bureau published recommendations for federal, provincial and territorial governments to modernize public procurement processes used to acquire digital health care products and services.