Briefing

Competition Bureau focusing on digital economy and telecommunications competition

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The bureau will also look at competition in health, biosciences and infrastructure over the next year, according to its 2019–2020 annual plan released Thursday. (The Logic)

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Talking point: The bureau details a list of hoped-for outcomes from its enforcement, including more choice and lower prices for internet and mobile products, a level playing field for infrastructure contracts and competitive medication prices. In particular, the bureau “will seek out and investigate deceptive marketing and anti-competitive practices, so that Canadians can enjoy greater trust in the online marketplace,” wrote Matthew Boswell, competition commissioner, in the report. This plan is just the first step. The bureau intends to develop a four-year plan that will look at how it can accommodate the accelerating pace of digital disruption. The bureau-wide explicit emphasis on the digital economy follows the hiring of its first-ever chief digital enforcement officer earlier in July, and the move to force Thoma Bravo to sell one of its software products in June.