PIAC recently commented on Senator Howard Wetston’s inquiry concerning the reform of the Canadian Competition Act in this digital age. The last review of the Act took place 14 years ago. Much has changed since then, with the most significant development being the emergence of digital platforms and the rapidly changing competitive landscape.
We presented our major concerns and proposed some pragmatic measures to protect competition and consumer interests in this digital age. Specifically, we suggested retaining protection of consumer interests in the purpose clause of the Competition Act and proposed additional safeguards to clarify the scope of consumer protection under the Act, and standards for applying competition law and policy. We strongly opposed any attempt to remove consumer protection from this framework. We commented on measures to consider concerning abuse of dominance by digital platforms. We also recommended the removal of the problematic efficiencies defence. See our submission for more details.