On May 30, 2023, following a consultation period, the Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”) released its enforcement guidelines (the “Guidelines”) on amendments to the Competition Act (“Act”) prohibiting wage-fixing and no poaching agreements between unaffiliated employers. Section 45(1.1) is intended to protect competition in labour markets by prohibiting “naked restraints” on competition,  including restraints on wages or job mobility that are not implemented to further a legitimate collaboration, strategic alliance, or joint venture.

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