On May 6, 2021, Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) implemented the first revisions to its Competitor Collaboration Guidelines (CCGs) since they were issued over a decade ago. The CCGs describe the Bureau’s approach to enforcing the criminal and civil provisions of the Competition Act (Act) applicable to agreements among competitors and potential competitors.
While the revised CCGs are more “evolutionary” than “revolutionary,” they signal an increased ambiguity about the Bureau’s approach to certain types of competitor collaborations.
What are the Competitor Collaboration Guidelines?
What has changed?
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This piece was originally published on dentons.com
 For the revised CCGs, see Competition Bureau, Enforcement Guidelines, Competitor Collaboration Guidelines (6 May 2021), online: <https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/04582.html>.
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Adam’s practice focuses on class action defence, cartel defence, and merger clearance under the Competition Act and the Investment Canada Act. He has represented clients at all levels of Ontario and Federal courts. Adam’s experience includes representing clients participating in Canada’s Immunity and Leniency programs, leading internal investigations, and representing clients in contentious public inquiries.
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Barry Zalmanowitz is a member of Dentons Canada LLP's Edmonton office and co-chair of the Firm’s national Competition Law group. He advises and represents clients in all aspects of the Competition Act, including mergers and notifiable transactions, conspiracy and other criminal provisions, private damage actions, reviewable practices and misleading advertising. He also represents clients in compliance with the Investment Canada Act and establishes competition and antitrust compliance programs and policies.