Canada Enacts Significant Changes to its Competition Law

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James Dimming, Mark Katz, Mar 27, 2009

With some exceptions, the general thrust of the new amendments to the Competition Act is to enhance the Competition Bureau’s enforcement capabilities. Unfortunately, this is likely to mean greater burdens on the business community; a burden which will only be compounded by the uncertainties surrounding many of the key aspects of the amendments, particularly the new criminal offense for agreements with competitors. For that reason, it seems strange that these measures were included in legislation meant to help Canada recover from an economic downturn. It is stranger still that they were enacted with such haste and without the usual stakeholder consultations.