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Archived — Competition Bureau approves remaining divestitures in waste services merger

OTTAWA, December 14, 2010 — The Competition Bureau announced today that it has granted approval for the divestiture of commercial waste collection assets in Hamilton and Simcoe County belonging to BFI Canada Inc. (BFI Canada) to Southern Sanitation Inc., as part of a remedy required to address competition concerns resulting from the July 2010 merger of Waste Services Inc. (WSI) and IESI-BFC Ltd., the parent company of BFI Canada.

Under the terms of the consent agreement reached with the parties in June 2010, IESI-BFC and WSI were required to divest commercial waste collection assets in five Canadian cities to preserve competition in these markets. The assets in Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa were divested in September and October 2010. The divestiture of the assets in Hamilton and Simcoe County address the competition concerns raised by the merger in these cities. The sale of these assets will bring the divestiture process to a close.

Southern Sanitation Inc., the approved buyer of the remainder of the waste collection assets, will acquire:

  • approximately 428 waste customer contracts, 822 containers, and two trucks in Simcoe County, Ontario;
  • approximately 460 customer contracts, 938 containers, and two trucks in Hamilton, Ontario; and
  • all of WSIs's interest in the Hamilton transfer station, including the assignment of the lease for the station.

Mergers in Canada are subject to review by the Competition Bureau under the Competition Act to ensure that they will not result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition.

The Competition Bureau, as an independent law enforcement agency, ensures that Canadian businesses and consumers prosper in a competitive and innovative marketplace.


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