The Competition Bureau has announced that it will host the ICN cartel workshop in Ottawa next year.

The ICN is an international body devoted to the enforcement of competition law. Its members include national and international competition authorities, who liaise with one another and private practitioners through conferences and workshops to develop recommendations and "best practices" for competition law enforcement.

The workshop in Ottawa will focus on price-fixing and bid-rigging in public procurement, a key enforcement priority for the Bureau as Canada embarks on significant public infrastructure investment. The Bureau expects to host more than 50 competition law enforcement agencies in Ottawa for discussions that will address the prevention and detection of bid-rigging in public procurement processes. Dates for the workshop have not yet been announced.

Other continuing priorities of the Competition Bureau in the coming year include fostering innovation in the digital economy by stopping deceptive marketing practices, particularly in e-commerce, and promoting pro-competitive regulation. The Bureau is also pursuing investigations and/or remedies relating to the grocery sector, in-flight catering services, and "made in Canada" marketing claims. It has before it a number of high-profile mergers involving the telecommunications, chemicals and agri-business sectors.