The Competition Policy Branch encompasses the International Affairs, Economic Policy and Enforcement, and Legislative Affairs divisions. The branch advances the bureau's interests in international cooperation, negotiations, and policy development. It provides economic advice and expertise, as well as enforcement support to the bureau and it ensures that the laws under its jurisdiction remain relevant.
The Criminal Matters Branch investigates allegations of criminal anticompetitive behavior. These include conspiracies (such as price-fixing), bid-rigging, price discrimination, predatory pricing, and price maintenance.
The Mergers Branch reviews merger transactions to assess whether a substantial lessening or prevention of competition resulting from a merger is likely.
Source: Competition Bureau Web site, November 24, 2003.