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Canadian Competition Law Guide for in-house counsel 2018

Author(s): Shuli Rodal, Kaeleigh Kuzma, Michelle Lally, Christopher Naudie,

Jaime Auron, Peter Franklyn

, Peter Glossop, Gajan Sathananthan

March 2018

Businesses with economic ties to Canada should be cognizant of the regulatory and legal framework governing the evolving Canadian competition law environment. Created by Osler’s leading Competition and Foreign Investment Group and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), this InfoPAKSM is specifically designed to support in-house corporate counsel dealing with issues in competition law.

This practical Canadian Competition Law guide covers Canadian competition law, examining Canada’s Competition Act and appropriate case law (note: this guide is available to ACC members only). While Canada’s Competition Act shares similarities to its U.S. counterpart, the Sherman Antitrust Act, there are important differences U.S. companies must take into consideration when doing business in Canada.

Guide topics include:

  • conspiracy and bid-rigging
  • distribution practices
  • mergers
  • abuse of dominance
  • misleading advertising and deceptive marketing practices
  • investigatory powers and confidentiality of information
  • private competition litigation

This InfoPAK was written by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP and produced by ACC. The ACC is the world's largest community of in-house counsel, with more than 40,000 members in over 70 countries. This quality resource is one of many resources that ACC provides to its members. For more information, please visit or email

Osler’s Competition and Foreign Investment Group is uniquely qualified to assist Canadian, U.S. and international businesses with their most challenging and innovative initiatives. Leveraging deep expertise, exceptional insight and unparalleled experience, our team provides clients the top-level advice they need to take their transactions from inception through to completion while successfully navigating the relevant regulatory processes and the evolving Canadian competition environment.