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2022-2023 Annual Plan: Competition, recovery and growth

April 4, 2022

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Message from the Commissioner

As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, competition has never been more important to the prosperity of all Canadians.

In 2021, the Government of Canada committed to increasing the Competition Bureau’s budget by $96 million over five years, and $27.5 million ongoing thereafter, to enhance the Bureau’s enforcement capacity and ensure it is equipped with the necessary digital tools for today’s economy.

This year, the Competition Bureau will strengthen its ability to protect and promote competitive markets. As we continue to recover from the significant economic impact of the pandemic, competitive markets are needed to deliver low prices, more choice and increased innovation for Canadians. To that end, our priorities for the 2022-2023 year are targeted squarely on taking enforcement action and promoting competition in areas that will have the biggest impact on Canadians during this period of recovery and growth.

On the enforcement side, we will leverage a new branch to support our investigations and intelligence gathering in the digital age. We will continue to ensure that our enforcement efforts address the remaining challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as anti-competitive conduct related to supply chain issues and deceptive claims about support benefits. We will also focus on sectors of the economy that are vital to Canada’s long-term economic well-being, such as digital services, health, infrastructure, telecommunications and natural resources.

In addition to its core enforcement work, the Competition Bureau is dedicated to promoting competitive markets in Canada. This year, we will continue to encourage pro-competitive laws, regulations and policies. This includes supporting the Government of Canada’s review and update of the Competition Act. The Bureau will also hold a Summit focused on the role of competition policy and enforcement in the green economy.  This Summit will be a chance for the Bureau to gather insight and better understand the challenges and opportunities with respect to the interplay between competition and the green economy.

We will also continue to recognize the importance of, and work toward, greater diversity in our organization. We will take steps to promote an inclusive and accessible workplace necessary to support and benefit from that diversity. We will also make our work more accessible to Canadians to support inclusive economic growth. By communicating more plainly—in a way that everyone can understand—we will better inform all Canadian consumers and businesses, empowering them to participate confidently in Canada’s diverse economy.

With our expanded resources, and a sharp focus on economic recovery and competitive markets, the Bureau will be even better positioned to deliver the benefits of competition to Canadians.

Matthew Boswell
Commissioner of Competition

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