Bureau careers: What we do

The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency that protects and promotes competition for the benefit of Canadian consumers and businesses. Competition drives lower prices and innovation while fueling economic growth.

We are the “watchdog” of competition. We work to protect and promote competition by:

  • ensuring truth in advertising;
  • investigating illegal agreements that harm competition, like price-fixing and bid-rigging;
  • preventing abuse of market power;
  • reviewing mergers;
  • advocating for competitive and fair marketplaces; and
  • working with a variety of Canadian and international organizations.

A supportive and rewarding work environment

The Competition Bureau is an independent law enforcement agency and one of eighteen federal departments and agencies that make up the Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Portfolio.

ISED has been named one of:

  • Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2023;
  • National Capital Region’s Top Employers in 2023; and
  • Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2023.

These awards recognize Canadian employers with exceptional human resources programs, forward-thinking workplace policies, and leading workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.

We are also committed to the ongoing professional development of our employees. We offer a range of learning programs, from knowledge-based courses, such as industrial organization and law, to practical courses, such as interviewing techniques and effective negotiation. We strive to develop leaders and offer quality leadership development, including hands-on training and mentorship.

  • Competition Law Officers

    Competition Law Officers work at the intersection of law and business. They gather and assess information from the marketplace and other sources to determine whether businesses are running afoul of Canada’s Competition Act.

    Your responsibilities as a Competition Law Officer may include:

    • conducting research and analysis on potential competition issues;
    • gathering information and evidence;
    • conducting interviews with senior business people;
    • conducting online investigations;
    • conducting economic analysis;
    • supporting the Bureau’s litigation before the courts; and
    • briefing and making recommendations to senior management

    Find Opportunities as a Competition Law Officer

    Unlock Your Career Potential: Insider Insights from Sarah Sullivan Partridge, Senior Competition Law Officer - Transcript

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    [Text on screen: ...better off in their everyday lives...]
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    [Text on screen: ...or making an online purchase.]
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    [Text on screen: ...settling a case, or filing it at court.]
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  • Paralegals

    Our paralegals are a key part of the case team. They help officers and lawyers by organizing and reviewing evidence that is gathered from the marketplace to determine whether there is or potentially will be a threat to competition. We rely on our paralegals to ensure their team reaches case milestones in a timely manner.

    Your responsibilities as a Paralegal may include:

    • conducting research and analysis;
    • gathering information and evidence;
    • supporting the case team;
    • handling and preserving evidence; and
    • preparing material for litigation

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  • Enforcement Support

    Enforcement support includes a variety of positions that help our enforcement teams work effectively. Being a part of an enforcement support team means being an innovator and working with people from diverse backgrounds with one common goal: to protect competition in Canada.

    Your responsibilities as enforcement support may include:

    • evidence handling and preservation;
    • digital intelligence gathering;
    • economic and data analysis; and
    • supporting case teams in many other ways

    Find Opportunities in Enforcement Support