Canada – Competition Bureau obtains court order to advance an investigation of Google

GATINEAU, QC – Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau has obtained a court order to advance a civil investigation into conduct by Google related to its online advertising business. The Bureau is investigating whether this conduct is harming competition in Canada.

The Bureau is investigating whether Google has engaged in certain practices that harm competition in the online display advertising industry in Canada. This industry is made up of various technology products that are used to display advertisements to users when they visit websites or use apps.

The Bureau requires more information to examine these practices and to determine whether they are:

impeding the success of competitors; and
resulting in higher prices, reducing choice and hindering innovation for advertising technology (ad tech) services, and harming advertisers, publishers and consumers.

The order, granted by the Federal Court of Canada on October 22, 2021, requires Google to produce records and written information that are relevant to the Bureau’s investigation.

The Bureau’s investigation is ongoing and there is no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time.

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

Canada – Commissioner of Competition advocates for more competition in remarks to Canadian Bar Association

GATINEAU, QC – Competition Bureau

Today, Canada’s Commissioner of Competition, Matthew Boswell, championed the power of competition in building a more prosperous Canada at the Canadian Bar Association Fall Symposium.

In his speech, Commissioner Boswell underscored the importance of competition – including the need for a modernization of competition laws in Canada – as the country pivots from crisis management to economic recovery.

Competition is a key catalyst of productivity and economic growth. It attracts investment, stimulates the creation of high-skilled jobs and fuels exports of Canadian products, services, and ideas.

The Commissioner’s full remarks can be viewed or read on the Competition Bureau’s website.

“Today, competition matters more than ever. In Canada, a robust competition policy agenda will be critical to rebuilding stronger, more resilient and more inclusive economies from coast to coast to coast. A greater focus on pro-competitive policies can safeguard the wealth and prosperity of all Canadians”

Matthew Boswell

Commissioner of Competition

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

Canada – Competition Bureau obtains court orders related to its challenge of Secure’s acquisition of Tervita

GATINEAU, QC – Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau has obtained court orders to further inform its challenge of Secure Energy Services Inc.’s acquisition of Tervita Corporation before the Competition Tribunal.

The court orders require Albright Flush Systems Ltd., AQT Water Management Inc., and Galatea Technologies Inc., who have information relevant to the Bureau’s challenge, to produce records and written information relating to the provision of waste disposal services. The Bureau may seek additional court orders as this matter unfolds.

The Bureau previously concluded that Secure’s acquisition of Tervita is likely to substantially lessen competition for services provided at oil and gas waste disposal facilities in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) – likely resulting in customers paying higher prices and suffering reductions in service quality.

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

Canada – Competition Bureau seeks information from market participants to advance investigation of Rogers’ proposed acquisition of Shaw

GATINEAU, QC – Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau has issued a request for information (RFI) to help gather facts about Rogers’ proposed acquisition of Shaw.

The RFI – which highlights the areas of interest to the Bureau– invites market participants and Canadians to submit relevant information to assist the Bureau with its investigation.

The Bureau is investigating whether the proposed merger is likely to result in a substantial lessening or prevention of competition for mobile wireless, wireline internet and broadcasting services – which are provided by both companies.

The Bureau is seeking information to further assess potential impacts on competition in the following areas:

Mobile wireless services to consumers
Consumer and small business internet services
Fibre transport services
The supply of programming to television providers (or Broadcasting Distribution Undertakings [BDUs])
The provision of relay distribution services to BDUs

The Bureau encourages all those with relevant information to share this information with the Bureau by October 29, 2021. Any information shared with the Bureau will be kept confidential.

The Bureau is using all of the tools at its disposal to advance its investigation. This includes recently obtaining court orders requiring Xplornet, Bell, TELUS and Vidéotron to produce information related to mobile wireless services that is relevant to the Bureau’s investigation.

The Bureau’s review is ongoing and no conclusions have been made at this time.

Information provided to the Bureau in connection with its mandate will be protected as confidential, subject to certain exceptions explained in the Information Bulletin on Communication of Confidential Information Under the Competition Act.

The Bureau works to complete our reviews as expeditiously as possible based on the complexity of the transaction and steps necessary to gather the facts and evaluate the evidence.

Wireless services refer to the provision of mobile communication services including voice, text, data, mobile broadband internet, and applications to consumers and business users of mobile devices

Wireline services refer to any wireline telecommunications service including voice services (i.e. telephone), data services, television, internet access, or bundles of these services

Transport services refer to point-to-point telecommunication service between two locations which can be intra-city (within a city), inter-city (between two cities), or inter region (between two regions)

Broadcasting services refers to a range of services offered in relation to television broadcasting, and includes both business-to-business services (e.g. the provision of relay distribution services or the supply of television channels to BDUs) and consumer services (i.e. the supply of television channels or OTT services to consumers via subscriptions)

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