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In brief Modernization of Canadian competition law and foreign investment review is well underway. Recent and further proposed legislative amendments will impact how dealmakers assess substantial and procedural regulatory risk for mergers. This update summarizes the recent legislative amendments to the Competition Act (“Act”) that came into effect on 15 December 2023 and proposed legislative amendments to the Act and Investment Canada Act (“ICA”). Dealmakers should be aware of these amendments as they plan mergers…

In Brief It has been a dynamic year for competition and foreign investment law in Canada, with significant long-term implications for both domestic and global businesses. In 2023, the Government of Canada focused on modernizing Canada’s Competition Act and Investment Canada Act, proposing and advancing legislation that will overhaul existing legislative frameworks. Looking forward, we expect the Government will continue its modernization agenda and the respective authorities will continue to take strong enforcement positions against…

In brief On 7 December 2022, Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Minister), announced the Canadian government introduced legislation to amend the Investment Canada Act (ICA), known as the National Security Review of Investments Modernization Act. While the proposed amendments at first appear to be a dramatic overhaul of the existing national security review framework for foreign investment in Canada, they are generally consistent with other recent legislative amendments and policy developments related to Canada’s…