How does the Bureau of Competition help protect consumers?

Question

How does the Bureau of Competition help protect consumers?

Answer

The work of the Bureau helps protect and strengthen free and open competitive markets and ensure that businesses compete fairly. Aggressive competition among sellers gives consumers access to quality goods and services.

The Bureau promotes competition by:

  • reviewing mergers and acquisitions, and challenging those that may lead to higher prices, fewer choices, or less innovation
  • challenging anticompetitive practices such as unjustified exclusionary conduct by dominant firms and monopolies and agreements between competitors that restrain competition
  • focusing resources on industries where consumer impact is high, such as health care, oil & gas, technology, and consumer goods