Advertising and competition rules

Fair competition is good for both consumers and businesses. Learn about ensuring truth in advertising, investigation of cartels, preventing abuse of market power, reviewing mergers, ensuring corporate compliance, and regulating promotional contests.

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Ensuring truth in advertising

Make sure your advertising provides sufficient information to enable informed consumer choice and does not contain misleading representations or deceptive marketing practices.

Investigating cartels

A cartel is a formal or informal group of otherwise independent businesses whose concerted goal is to lessen or prevent competition among its participants. Learn more about avoiding cartels and about acceptable and unacceptable competitor collaboration practices.

Preventing abuse of market power

If a dominant company exploits its market power in a way that hurts competition in the marketplace it may be contravening requirements of the Competition Act. Learn about business practices that are considered abusive.

Reviewing mergers

Mergers of all sizes and in all sectors of the economy are subject to review by the Commissioner of Competition to determine whether they will likely result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition.

Corporate compliance

Find out how to build your own solid compliance program that will help you identify and detect things you or your employees might be doing wrong and put processes in place to establish procedures, training and monitoring to compete fairly and legally in the marketplace.

Promotional contests

Learn about the promotional contests provisions in the Competition Act. Ensure adequate and fair disclosure in your contests and learn how to obtain a written opinion from the Competition Bureau.

File a competition related complaint

Learn about the criteria for submitting complaints to the Competition Bureau, find out how to file a complaint, and read about the Bureau's procedure for handling complaints.

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