The Competition Bureau's month in review — 2015

CB in Brief is an electronic publication, distributed regularly to media and stakeholders to provide a snapshot of recent news and developments.

October — 2015

The Competition Bureau’s Quarterly Report

The Competition Bureau’s Quarterly Report for the period ending September 30, 2015, is now available on the Bureau’s website. As part of the Bureau’s Action Plan on Transparency, the quarterly reports provide Canadians with up to date statistics on a wide range of the Bureau’s activities in support of an innovative and competitive marketplace.

Consumers of the world: Check out the updated Econsumer.gov

The new and improved Econsumer.gov website has a fresh look, is easier to use and is reader-friendly for tablets and smartphones.

Consumers can securely file complaints in eight languages to consumer protection agencies in 34 countries around the world and help law enforcement agencies investigate and take action against international scams.

Originally launched in 2001, the website allows consumers to make cross-border fraud complaints. The secure website also helps law enforcement authorities gather and share cross-border consumer complaints that can be used to investigate and take action against international scams.

The website is managed by the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN), an organization that aims to protect consumers’ economic interests and encourage global cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

September — 2015

Competition Bureau meets with the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC)

The Competition Bureau’s efforts to collaborate with international partners and to promote strong competition principles in world markets continued earlier this month during meetings with the KFTC in Gatineau, Quebec.

The Bureau’s Commissioner, John Pecman, the KFTC’s Chairman, Jae‑Chan Jeong, and senior representatives from both agencies, met on September 10th to discuss matters of mutual importance. The meetings served to strengthen the ties between the agencies. The relationship is rooted in the 2006 Cooperation Arrangement between the Bureau and the KFTC, and the Canada‑Korea Free Trade Agreement that came into effect in January 2015.

Topics of discussion included recent law enforcement and policy developments, as well as the relationship between competition policy and consumer protection. The Bureau acknowledges that trust and cooperation with foreign competition authorities are vital to addressing anti‑competitive conduct that crosses borders.

The Bureau works actively with its international counterparts to fulfill its mandate to effectively enforce the Competition Act, and currently has cooperation agreements with 13 jurisdictions.

Learn more about the Bureau’s international efforts.

July — 2015

The Competition Bureau’s Quarterly Report

The Competition Bureau’s Quarterly Report for the period ending June 30, 2015, is now available on the Bureau’s website. As part of the Bureau’s Action Plan on Transparency, the quarterly reports provide Canadians with up‑to‑date statistics on a wide range of the Bureau’s activities in support of an innovative and competitive marketplace.

June — 2015

Competition Bureau inspects quality marking requirements for gold jewellery

On‑site inspections at a few randomly selected jewellery retailers, manufacturers and importers were conducted in Montreal by the Competition Bureau to ensure that the quality marking on gold articles met the requirements of the Precious Metals Marking Act (PMMA) and its regulations.

Competition Bureau praised for effective balance of enforcement, advocacy and outreach

The Competition Bureau was recognized as a consistent competition agency in an annual ranking of the world’s top antitrust authorities published on June 29, 2015. The Bureau was awarded 3.5 out of 5 stars by the Global Competition Review in its Rating Enforcement 2015, an independent report on the performance of leading competition law agencies. The report commended the Bureau for its transparency and engagement with stakeholders; for its balanced use of enforcement, advocacy and outreach; and for tackling cases with significant impact on the Canadian economy. The publication also recognized the Bureau’s push for increased competition in regulated sectors, as well as its willingness to challenge mergers of all sizes in order to preserve competition for the benefit of consumers.

The Antitrust Source: Interview with the Commissioner of Competition

Commissioner of Competition John Pecman was interviewed for the American Bar Association’s competition law publication on April 15, 2015. The interview is available in the June 2015 edition of The Antitrust Source.

The Competition Bureau’s Quarterly Report

The Competition Bureau’s Quarterly Report for the period ending March 31, 2015, is now available on the Bureau’s website. As part of the Bureau’s Action Plan on Transparency, the quarterly reports provide Canadians with up‑to‑date statistics on a wide range of the Bureau’s activities in support of an innovative and competitive marketplace.

April — 2015

The Competition Bureau implemented a new organizational structure on April 1, 2015. This restructuring creates a stronger and more adaptive agency that will ensure Canadian consumers and businesses continue to prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.

January — 2015

The Competition Bureau’s Quarterly Report

The Competition Bureau’s Quarterly Report for the period ending December 31, 2014, is now available on the Bureau’s website. As part of the Bureau’s Action Plan on Transparency, the quarterly reports provide Canadians with up-to-date statistics on a wide range of the Bureau’s activities in support of an innovative and competitive marketplace.

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