Competition Policy Series: The Competition Act and Canada’s Digital Future

Digital technologies are reshaping markets in many profound ways, and these changes are creating new challenges for competition authorities. As Canada looks ahead to a consultation on the modernization of the Competition Act, now is the right time to discuss why competition matters, why the Competition Bureau and the Competition Act are critical to our economic recovery, and how today’s digital marketplace is disrupting and reshaping our economy. These and other questions were addressed at “The Competition Act and Canada’s Digital Future,” a CIGI event held on May 26, 2022.

Commissioner of Competition Matthew Boswell opened the event with some prepared remarks and then participated in a moderated panel discussion led by Vass Bednar, CIGI senior fellow and executive director of the Master of Public Policy in Digital Society program at McMaster University; Tahira Dawood, staff lawyer at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre; Brandon Schaufele, associate professor at the Ivey Business School at Western University; and Robin Shaban, senior economist and co-founder, Vivic Research.

Watch the panel here.