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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.

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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.

What factors affect gas prices in Canada?

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.

What illegal activities do we investigate?

It is illegal for competing gas stations to agree to set the price of gas. Read more about price-fixing and other cartel activities, and learn about our criminal investigation process.

Recent actions in the retail gasoline sector

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