Although economic and business competition is encouraged in Canada and by the Canadian courts, the same cannot be said about competition that is unfair.
Unfair competition laws address a bundle of civil wrongs such as inducing breach of contract, interference with economic relations/interests, trademark infringement, passing off, misappropriation, and defamation in the course of business. Depending on the industry, Canadians can also find recourse when their economic interests are unfairly undermined through administrative proceedings through the Competition Bureau.
The object of unfair competition laws is to promote a fair and equitable environment for businesses to flourish through competition. As such, unfair competition laws also deal with anti-competitive behaviours including price fixing, commodity dumping, and the division of territories.
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