Advocacy

Introduction

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace. As part of its mandate, the Bureau participates in a wide range of activities to promote and advocate the benefits of a competitive marketplace, both in Canada and abroad. More competition generally leads to lower prices for consumers, as well as increased choice and innovation.

To this end, the Bureau has been active in a number of areas over the years, and will continue to place a strong emphasis on targeted advocacy work in the name of competition.

Sections 125 and 126 of the Competition Act grant the Commissioner of Competition the authority to appear before federal and provincial boards that supervise regulated industries in order to advocate for greater competition in various market sectors. As part of its ongoing efforts to promote the benefits of competition, the Bureau advocates that regulators and policy makers regulate only where necessary and that they rely on market forces as much as possible to achieve the benefits of competition. Where market forces are insufficient to achieve certain policy objectives, the Bureau provides advice to regulators to assist them in implementing policies that achieve their objectives in a minimally intrusive way.

In addition, in order to offer its views on the industries that may benefit from increased competition, the Bureau periodically publishes The Competition Advocate.

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