The retail gasoline market: prices at the pumps
What does the Competition Bureau do about gas prices?
The Competition Bureau takes action to investigate when it finds evidence of price-fixing or other anticompetitive conduct in the retail gasoline sector.
The Bureau also pays close attention to mergers that could prevent or reduce competition in the retail gasoline market. If the Bureau determines that a merger is likely to harm competition, it can step in to prevent, dissolve or change the merger.
However, the Bureau does not have the authority to regulate gas prices.
For more information:
- Our recent activities in the gasoline and petroleum sectors
- Overview of retail gasoline pricing in Canada.
How to report illegal activity
If you have evidence of price-fixing or other anticompetitive activity in the retail gasoline sector, please contact us toll-free at 1-800-348-5358 or use our online complaint form.
Keep in mind that high or identical prices by themselves are not evidence of illegal activity. There needs to be hard evidence of an illegal agreement between competitors.
Do you think the company you work for has an illegal agreement with its competitors?
Report illegal activity through our Whistleblowing Initiative and we will keep your identity secret. Whistleblowers are also protected by law. It is against the law for your employer to retaliate against you, or to threaten to do so, if you provide the Competition Bureau with information.
Do you think you may be involved in illegal agreements?
If you come forward with information and cooperate throughout our investigation, you may be given immunity or favourable treatment under our Immunity and Leniency Programs.
Our breakdown of some of the main factors that affect gas prices at the pumps can help you make informed decisions when choosing where to fill your tank.
- List of charges and sentences for gasoline price-fixing
- Irving pleads guilty in Quebec gasoline cartel case
- The Bureau reaches agreements to address competition concerns in the retail gas industry in Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada
- Agreement reached in sale of retail gas stations in Quebec and Ontario
- Competition Bureau and Parkland reach mediated resolution that will see gas stations and assets sold in Ontario and Manitoba
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