Canada: Are Canadian and U.S. Banks Fit to Be Tied?

Last Updated: October 25 2005
Article by Jason Brooks

Published in Antitrust Report, Issue 2, 2005.

In both Canada and the United States, it is common for banks1 to provide customers with incentives to purchase multiple products. This practice is referred to, in business terms, as "bundling" or "relationship pricing." But there is a fine line between permissible relationship pricing and prohibited tying. Tying involves making the purchase of one product conditional on the purchase of another. In the United States, allegations of tying by banks have led to investigations by Congress and banking and securities regulators.2 In Canada, recent legislative initiatives have strengthened prohibitions against tying by banks.

In today’s increasingly competitive financial services markets, there are strong incentives to bundle product offerings. Although, economically, this makes sense, in both Canada and the United States, banks must comply with a number of relatively unharmonized legislative regimes that regulate bundling activities. This article discusses the rules prohibiting tying by banks and argues that:

  1. although the competition and antitrust laws in Canada and the United States recognize that tying is not anticompetitive in all cases, neither regime explicitly acknowledges that tying can be efficiency-enhancing; and
  2. the Bank Act and the securities laws in Canada and the Bank Holding Company Act Amendments of 1970 in the United States— as consumer protection legislation— overreach, capturing not only individual consumers but also large sophisticated corporations that do not require such protection.

In this article, the term "bank," apart from the sections relating to the banking legislation, specifically should be read to include other financial services providers who are "non-bank" financial institutions. The prohibitions against tied selling under the Competition Act and the securities laws described below apply broadly to all businesses in Canada. The antitrust law prohibitions against tying under the Clayton Act, the Sherman Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act also apply broadly to all businesses in the United States.


Banks may offer bundled products for economic reasons, taking advantage of reduced transaction costs and economies of scope in production and distribution. For example, once a bank has incurred the cost of assessing a customer’s credit for one product, it need not repeat the process for other products and can, therefore, offer additional credit products at a lower overall cost than if each product were purchased separately.

The Canadian and U.S. governments only become concerned about bundling when it can be characterized as tying. The prohibitions against tying by banks apply when competition is threatened or when tying forces customers to purchase products they may not want. Competition law in Canada and antitrust law in the United States prohibit tying only when it is anticompetitive. Banking and securities laws reflect a different set of concerns— consumer protection concerns— and aim to protect small customers by prohibiting forced tying outright. Without consumer-oriented prohibitions, regulators (or legislators) are concerned that banks could take advantage of individual retail or small business customers— for example, in Canada, by making approval of a mortgage conditional on the purchase of investments, or in the United States by making approval of a loan conditional on the purchase of insurance. However, these banking and securities laws also prohibit tying to large, sophisticated corporate customers— for example, tying a corporate loan to investment banking services, a business practice that has recently received attention on both sides of the border.3


What follows is an overview of the tying rules applicable to banks in Canada under the Competition Act,4 the Bank Act,5 and securities laws.

Competition Act

Tying (or "tied selling," as it is referred to in Canada) is addressed in Section 77 of the Competition Act.6 This Section applies to all suppliers of "products," which include both articles and services.7 Under Section 77, tied selling occurs when a supplier:

  • conditions the sale of one product (e.g., film), referred to as the "tied product," on the purchase of another product (e.g., a camera), referred to as the "tying product;" or
  • requires a customer to refrain from using another company’s product with the tying product.

Tied selling also occurs when a supplier does the same thing by inducement— that is, offering the two products on such attractive terms that they are essentially always purchased together. Yet, tied selling, under the Competition Act, is problematic only where the practice is engaged in by a "major supplier" or is "widespread in a market" and is likely to have an anticompetitive effect.

Tied selling is not prohibited where it "is reasonable having regard to the technological relationship between or among the products to which it applies." Another exception, specific to the financial services sector, applies if the practice is engaged in by a person in the business of lending money for the purpose of better securing loans and is reasonably necessary for that purpose.8

Section 77 of the Competition Act requires three elements to prove that tied selling has taken place:

  1. the existence of "two separate products:"the "tied" and the "tying" products;
  2. a "practice" of tying; and
  3. "anticompetitive effects" of the practice which lead to a substantial lessening of competition.

Although no cases under the Competition Act have dealt with tied selling by banks, one case, Tele-Direct,9 has addressed tied selling in detail.

Separate products

The first element to be addressed under the Competition Act is whether the tied and the tying products are actually separate products. As interpreted in Tele-Direct, the separate products test has two parts:

  • First, there must be "sufficient demand" for the products to be sold separately; and
  • Second, such products must be able to be supplied separately in an efficient manner.10

In Tele-Direct, the Tribunal concluded that tied selling will not be found to exist if offering the products separately would result in "higher costs that outweigh the benefits to those who seek to purchase them separately."11 In doing so, the Tribunal acknowledged that efficiency considerations are relevant in considering the separate products requirement for tied selling.12

"Practice" requirement

The second element to be addressed under the Competition Act is whether the supplier is engaged in the "practice" of tying. The term "practice" is not defined in the Competition Act. In NutraSweet,13 a case involving abuse of dominance and exclusive dealing, the Tribunal defined a "practice" as more than "an isolated act or acts." This reflects the Competition Act’s focus on encouraging competitive market conditions generally, as opposed to protecting individual consumers, regardless of market conditions.

Anticompetitive effect

Finally, for a practice of tied selling to contravene the Competition Act, it must have an anticompetitive effect. To meet this condition, the tied selling must be engaged in by a major supplier or be widespread in the market, and have an exclusionary effect that will actually result or is likely to result in a substantial lessening of competition. The Competition Act does not define the terms "major supplier" or "widespread in a market." However, the definitions seem unimportant in practice since the Competition Act also requires the presence of exclusionary effects that lead to a substantial lessening of competition. If a substantial lessening of competition exists, it seems likely that the tied selling would be engaged in by a "major supplier" with market power.

The Tribunal has not considered the meaning of a "substantial lessening of competition" in detail in a tied selling case. In Tele-Direct, the Tribunal’s discussion of a "substantial lessening of competition" is very brief. The "substantial lessening of competition" test, as articulated in NutraSweet, elaborates more fully on the meaning of a substantial lessening of competition by asking whether the anticompetitive act creates, preserves, or enhances market power.14

Market power is the ability to sustain prices materially above competitive levels, or sustain quality, output, or variety materially below competitive levels. The Tribunal uses a similar test under the Competition Act’s merger and abuse of dominance provisions. In considering whether particular actions (e.g., tying) by a firm are likely to substantially lessen competition, market share and barriers to entry will be considered along with other factors. All else being equal, the higher the market share of a supplier and the greater the barriers to entry to the market, the more likely the supplier will be found to have market power.

Competition Act remedies

If the above conditions are met, the Tribunal may issue a remedial or prohibitive order. Until recently, only the Commissioner of Competition15 could seek orders from the Tribunal to prohibit tied selling, although few applications have been brought to date.

The Competition Act Amendments of June 2002 permit private parties to seek leave from the Tribunal to bring a tied selling application. The Tribunal may grant leave to a private party when it believes that the applicant is directly and substantially affected by the tied selling and is able to meet the substantive test outlined above.16

So far, no private parties have sought leave to bring a tied selling application since there is currently little incentive to do so.17 The costs to the party may exceed the losses suffered from the tied selling. Currently, the Tribunal has the discretion only to prohibit or remedy the tied selling; it cannot award damages. Nonetheless, this may soon change. In 2003, the Canadian government released for comment a discussion paper that includes draft legislation that would allow for administrative monetary penalties and awards of damages to private parties in certain civil matters, including tied selling cases, where an order has been made by the Tribunal prohibiting the conduct or restoring competition in the market.18

If the Competition Act is amended to include awards of damages, it will provide a real incentive for private parties to bring applications. A parliamentary committee report acknowledged as much, stating that "in the longer term … we believe damages and fines will be necessary to realize effective enforcement." 19 If ultimately enacted, these reforms would expose businesses to possible monetary penalties and civil damages, a dramatic change from the current situation in which breaches of the Competition Act’s civil provisions (which include tied selling) carry no monetary risk.

Bank Act

In addition to the Competition Act, banks and their affiliates are subject to the tied selling provisions of Section 459.1 of the Bank Act. This Section provides that a bank shall not impose undue pressure on or coerce a person to obtain a product or service as a condition of obtaining another product or service from the bank. The bank may, however, offer a product with better pricing or on more favorable terms on the condition that another product is purchased.

The Bank Act provision is consumer protection, not competition, legislation. The rationale behind it is that consumers of banking products have a "special relationship" with banks and have unequal bargaining power.20 When the banking laws in Canada were enacted, benefits were specifically promised to individuals and small businesses.21

Unlike the Competition Act, the Bank Act prohibits coercive tied selling under all circumstances. However, the Bank Act is also less strict than the Competition Act in that it allows a bank to offer inducements to customers to buy other products. Prohibited tied selling occurs only where a bank requires or coerces a customer to buy tied products. Any contravention of Section 459.1 is subject to a fine of up to Cdn $5 million.22 To date, there has been no judicial consideration of the Bank Act’s tied selling provisions.

Securities laws

The final source of anti-tying law that applies to banks is securities laws. These laws apply to any person or company selling securities. National Instrument 33-102 ("NI 33-102") provides that:

no person or company shall require another person or company (a) to invest in particular securities, either as a condition or on terms that would appear to a reasonable person to be a condition, of supplying or continuing to supply products or services; or (b) to purchase or use any products or services, either as a condition or on terms that would appear to a reasonable person to be a condition, of selling particular securities.

Like the Bank Act, NI 33-102 is a prohibition with a consumer protection focus.

Companion Policy 33-102 makes clear that NI 33-102 is designed to prevent "abusive sales practices" but not to prohibit "relationship pricing" or similar selling arrangements. Accordingly, it would not apply if a bank offered a better rate of interest on a loan to a customer who also agreed to buy a mutual fund sponsored by the bank. Yet, it would prohibit such an arrangement if a customer was coerced or forced to purchase the two products together. These securities laws are similar to the Bank Act in substance. Contravention of NI 33-102 is an offense under the Securities Act (Ontario) and, under the general provisions, subject to penalties of up to Cdn $5 million or a term of imprisonment of up to five years, or both. There are also other possible remedies available to securities regulators. To date, there has been no consideration of this provision.


The tied selling laws in the United States that apply to banks are found both in antitrust law, specifically under Section 3 of the Clayton Act, Section 1 of the Sherman Act, and Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, and under the Bank Holding Company Act Amendments of 1970.

Antitrust law

Tying in the United States is described as per se illegal, although, in fact, courts have moved from a strict prohibition on tying in some early cases to a less broad characterization of tying that considers market power and anticompetitive effects. Although the law is still developing, the following elements are generally needed to establish a per se illegal tie:

  1. a tie must exist between two separate products and "products" includes services, as in Canada;
  2. the sale of the tying products must be conditioned on the purchase of the tied product and, as in Canada, this also includes inducement tying;
  3. the seller must have market power in the tying product market; and
  4. a not insubstantial volume of commerce must be affected, which some courts treat as an anticompetitive effects test.23

Despite the ambiguities in U.S. tying law, in practice the test is similar to the approach taken in Canada. In the case of the "two products" test, for example, the test would seem essentially the same as in Canada. In Canada, the test is based on the U.S. case Jefferson Parish Hospital District No. 2. v. Hyde.24 The U.S. requirement for market power is somewhat different than the Canadian requirement that the supplier either be a major supplier or that the practice be widespread in the market. However, as previously noted, this is of little importance if an anticompetitive effects test is also required. The anticompetitive consequences test in the United States is likely the most significant difference from Canadian law. In other words:

  • First, U.S. courts require a not insubstantial amount of commerce to be affected, which test does not exist in Canada; and
  • Second, it is not clear that an actual or likely substantial lessening of competition must exist, as it must in Canada.

In the United States, courts have referred to the mere "potential for impact on competition"25 as sufficient. While this difference in a critical part of the application of tying law might suggest that U.S. law is still stricter than Canadian law, this is not in fact clear. For example, in Jefferson Parish, a market share of 30 percent was deemed by the court not to constitute market power. The history of Canadian competition law suggests such a number may in fact constitute market power.26

Further, it is worth noting that U.S. courts do allow justification arguments to an otherwise illegal tie on the grounds that a tie could in fact be procompetitive. Thus, while the Canadian and U.S. laws are quite different in structure, the result in both countries would see anticompetitive ties condemned and procompetitive ties generally allowed. However, as discussed below, the procompetitive ties do not necessarily mean efficiency-enhancing ties and anticompetitive ties can actually enhance efficiency in some cases.

Bank Holding Company Act Amendments of 1970

In the United States, Congress passed banking tying restrictions at the same time that banks were allowed to expand their offerings of non-traditional bank products such as insurance. The anti-tying restrictions were designed, as in Canada, to protect retail and small business consumers by preventing banks from gaining an unfair advantage in these non-traditional areas based on their unique role as credit providers.27

Section 106 of the Bank Holding Company Act is similar to its Canadian counterpart, with some notable exceptions. The U.S. law prohibits a bank from extending credit or providing any product or service or varying the price of any product or service on the "condition or requirement" of purchasing other products or services.28 Thus, the U.S. law is broader than the Canadian law in that it prevents inducing a customer, through lower prices, from buying two products together. The U.S. banking law does, however, allow tying when the tied product is a traditional bank product such as a loan. Unlike in Canada, a bank in the United States could tie a loan with a mortgage, as cross-selling of traditional banking products is specifically allowed as an exception in the U.S. law. However, just like in Canada, the banking legislation encompasses all customers, regardless of size. For example, a bank in the United States would face restrictions in tying a non-traditional product, such as investment banking or insurance, to a loan.


The Competition Act and U.S. antitrust laws protect consumers against both anticompetitive tying and relationship pricing while generally permitting procompetitive or competitively neutral tying and relationship pricing. In contrast, the Bank Act and securities laws in Canada prohibit forced tying arrangements but permit any relationship pricing. The Bank Holding Company Act Amendments of 1970 in the United States allow both forced and inducement tying between traditional bank products, but prevent all tying in respect of nontraditional bank products.

As a consequence of these laws, both Canadian and U.S. banks face costs in complying with the different statutory anti-tying rules. Not only must a bank comply with the content of the laws, it must also take the time to work through the regulatory process. Given the multiple laws that are relatively unharmonized and sometimes even contradictory, working through the regulatory process can be more onerous than complying with the regulations themselves. This burden, in both Canada and the United States, falls on banks alone; other financial institutions, although competing in similar areas, are not subject to the banking legislation. This point was made in 2003 by the U.S. Department of Justice in a letter to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the enforcer of the banking law) in response to a request for comments for a proposed interpretation guideline for the banking laws. The Department of Justice criticized the proposed interpretation and noted that this burden on banks alone "disadvantages banks as competitors in markets in which banks and non-banks compete, thus lessening competition and harming consumers."29 Are the costs of these laws to banks and consumers justified? The answer to this question requires an examination of the economics of tying.


Economics literature recognizes that tying, in its broadest sense, is efficient. For example, tying can enable suppliers to take advantage of economies of scope in production and distribution, and many products sold in competitive markets are sold on a tied basis. It is, therefore, appropriate that competition and antitrust laws focus only on situations in which tying is engaged in by a supplier with market power. But the economics literature also suggests that tying arrangements can enhance efficiency even where they are engaged in by a monopolist.

Efficiency explanations for tying

Economists have suggested several no n-sinister, efficiency-enhancing reasons as to why a firm— even a dominant one or a monopolist— may choose to tie products. One of the most commonly accepted reasons is to engage in price discrimination. Price discrimination allows a seller to charge different prices to different buyers of the same product. In these circumstances, tying could act as a metering device, allowing a seller to identify heavy users of a product, who presumably value the product most. Although it allows the seller to extract a greater degree of surplus from consumers, from an efficiency standpoint, price discrimination is generally thought to be an improvement on a "single price" monopoly since it allows the seller to charge a lower price for its product to those specific consumers who otherwise would have been shut out of the market. This, in turn, results in increased economic output.30

Some economists have also suggested that tying may be used for quality control. For example, the reputation of a camera supplier could be damaged if consumers used low grade film that resulted in inferior pictures or caused the camera to break down. The camera manufacturer might, therefore, wish to regulate the sale of its after-market products and services.

Other rationales for tying include the reduction in costs by creating economies of scope, technological interdependence between two products, and evasion of a regulatory price ceiling on the primary product.

Should tying be illegal?

The original rationale for prohibiting tied selling, adopted by U.S. courts in the early 20th century, has been discredited. The "leverage" theory, which was an early motivation for the prohibition, asserted that a company with a monopoly in one product that ties a second product in a competitive market to the monopoly product, can "leverage" its monopoly into the second market that was previously competitive. For example, a monopolist in the camera market could consequently end up with a monopoly in the film market as well.

Critics of the leverage theory have pointed out that no additional monopoly profits are earned. The profit maximizing strategy for the monopolist is to charge monopoly prices in the market in which it has market power only since it is possible to earn monopoly rents only once.31 Under the example described above, a monopolist charging the full monopoly price for a product, such as a camera, has already extracted the maximum that consumers are willing to pay for the product. An increase in the price of a tied product, such as film, means the consumer must pay a higher price for the final bundle. But this just leads to prices being higher than the profit maximizing monopoly price, which leads to lower profits to the monopolist than if it only charged monopoly prices on the one product. In the camera and film example, the price increase on film bundled with cameras will simply reduce the total purchases of cameras and film below levels that would be achieved by charging monopoly prices for cameras and competitive prices for film, which is not in the monopolist’s best interest.

The leverage theory has made a minor comeback with some commentators arguing that leveraging a monopoly in one market into market power in a second market may be profitable in limited circumstances such as where the second market is not perfectly competitive and is characterized by economies of scale.32 In this situation, a monopolist might be able to leverage monopoly power from the first market to the second market by foreclosing the second market to competitors. A monopolist could do this by driving down prices in the second market, thereby lowering competitors’ revenues below the level that would justify any continued operation. But even if such leveraging were possible, its effect on both consumer welfare and total surplus is ambiguous. If leveraging would not create negative wealth effects, why should it be prohibited?


Economic theory suggests we should be careful about prohibiting tying outright. Since anti-tying laws under Canada’s banking and securities regimes and the U.S. banking regime do precisely this with respect to certain forced tying arrangements, they are suspect from an economic efficiency perspective. Still, since the purpose of the banking and securities laws is ostensibly to protect consumers, it would be wrong to criticize them solely from an efficiency perspective. Nonetheless, these laws may be criticized on their own terms.

The banking legislation prohibi tions against tying in both Canada and the United States were designed to protect "retail" consumers in a competitive environment in which banks increasingly try to sell their customers different products and vie for a greater share of the retail customer’s wallet. But it is arguable that the current provisions go too far, since they capture the sale of tied products, such as corporate lending and investment baking products, to large, sophisticated corporate customers. Consolidation of lending and investment banking activities by big banks in the past twenty years in both Canada and the United States is increasing incentives to bundle products.33 The question has been raised in Canada as to whether there are remedies for "retail" consumer related concerns that fall short of the current outright prohibition on forced tying, which also affects large sophisticated corporate entities that do not require such protection.34 In its 2003 letter to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Department of Justice wrote: "We see no evidence that large borrowers such as syndicated loan borrowers need additional assistance beyond the antitrust laws to protect themselves from anti-competitive tying."35 Even if the banking laws are needed to protect retail consumers, at the very least they ought to be tailored more narrowly.

While anti-tying laws under the Competition Act in Canada and the antitrust statutes in the United States are not as strict as the banking laws, they are easier to critique from an efficiency standpoint since one of the explicit goals of competition policy is to increase efficiency. Canadian competition laws and U.S. antitrust case law rightly recognize that tying is not anticompetitive in all cases, and in many cases should be allowed. What the Competition Act and U.S. law should also explicitly recognize is that even if tying is anticompetitive, it may still be beneficial because it is efficiency- enhancing. In Canada, the Tribunal, in Tele-Direct, acknowledged that it has discretion to consider any efficiency enhancing aspects of a tied selling argument, and that a supplier with market power may sell items in combination for efficiency-related reasons.36 In the U.S. case law, efficiencies have also been considered in parts of the antitrust analysis and a procompetitive justification defense is available.

In Canada, the role of efficiencies under the Competition Act is currently the subject of a national consultation process launched in September 2004 by the Competition Bureau, a process that would be a similarly useful exercise in the United States, where the explicit goals of antitrust law are even less clear.37 In the United States, the Antitrust Modernization Commission has been set up by federal statute to examine whether the need exists to modernize antitrust laws and to prepare and submit a report to Congress and the President. It has often been argued that Canadian and U.S. competition and antitrust policy ought to have a single, main objective— that of obtaining the most efficient performance possible from the economy. Such a policy makes sense, in both tying and other areas of antitrust. It would maximize productivity (and thereby, real income) for the benefit of all citizens. It is also likely to be applied more consistently and effectively than a policy focused on other less clear objectives such as consumer protection. A realignment of competition and antitrust laws to more explicitly acknowledge an efficiency-related focus would be a welcome development. To this realignment, an amendment relating to the significance of economic efficiency in assessing tied selling arrangements could, fittingly, be tied.


1. See the explanation of the term "bank" below.

2. The Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller General have reviewed the practice and the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, issued a report in October 2003, which found little evidence of tied selling but noted this could be because there is no good system for monitoring the practice and recommended stronger enforcement. See U.S. General Accounting Office, Bank Tying: Additional Steps Needed to Ensure Effective Enforcement of Tying Prohibitions (Oct. 2003), available at www.gao. gov/new.items/d043.pdf. The chairman of the SEC said in his Senate confirmation hearings last year that he would look into the practice. The National Association of Securities Dealers passed a rule in June 2003 to require adequate supervision policies and procedures regarding tying at investment banks. See D. Anason & R. Julavits, Early Look at One Possible Industry Stand in Tying Fight, The American Banker, June 13, 2003, at 1; R.D. Atlas, Corporations in Survey Say Banks Tie Loans to Other Business, N.Y. Times, Mar. 19, 2003, at C4; M. Heller, GAO Sets Tying Probe Report Due Out Oct. 6, The American Banker, Mar. 12, 2003, at 20.

3. For examples of Canadian coverage of this issue, see D. DeCloet, A Loan Without Strings, National Post, Mar. 10, 2001, at C3; D. Francis, The Banks’ Cozy Brokerage Cartel, National Post, June 16, 2001, at C3; A. Willis, Winning Financing Deals Is a Lot Like Selling Big Macs, The Globe and Mail, Aug. 2, 2001, at B12.

4. Competition Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-34.

5. Bank Act, S.C. 1991, c. C-46.

6. While not discussed in this article, tied selling may, in certain cases, be caught under the Competition Act’s provisions dealing with abuse of dominant position, misleading advertising, and predatory pricing.

7. Competition Act, supra note 4, § 2(1).

8. Id. §§ 77(4)(b), (c).

9. Canada (Director of Investigation and Research) v. Tele-Direct (Publications) Inc. (1997), 73 C.P.R. (3d) 1 [hereinafter Tele-Direct]. For a thorough review of this case, see S. Wong, The First Tied Selling Case, in Competition Law for the 21st Century: Papers of the Canadian Bar Association, Competition Law Section, 1997 Annual Conference 16 (J.B. Musgrove, ed.) (1998).

10. Tele-Direct, supra note 9, at 119.

11. Id.

12. As a practical matter, when it is more efficient to sell products bundled, it is unlikely that there will be high demand for the products to be sold separately— the other half of the two products test— though it is conceivable that this could happen if efficiencies from tying were not passed along to customers.

13. Canada (Director of Investigation and Research) v. NutraSweet Co. (1990), 32 C.P.R. (3d) 1 at 35.

14. Id. at 55.

15. Competition Act, supra note 4, § 2(1).

16. Id. § 103.1.

17. It is noteworthy that the Commissioner of Competition has not brought many cases under this provision either.

18. Views on various matters relating to the proposed amendments to the civil provisions have been widely divergent. See Public Policy Forum, National Consultation on the Competition Act: Final Report (Apr. 8, 2004), available at /final_report.pdf.

19. Emphasis added. Report of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, A Plan to Modernize Canada’s Competition Regime (Apr. 2002), available at http:// Studies/Reports/indurp06-e.htm.

20. Dep’t of Finance, 1997 Review of Financial Sector Legislation: Proposals for Changes (June 1996), at 17, available at http://www.

21. For example, see House of Commons Debates (Mar. 17, 1997), at 1535; Standing Committee on Finance, 1997 Review of Financial Services Sector Legislation: Proposals for Changes, 4th Report (Oct. 1996).

22. Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Financial Services Sector, The Report of the Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Financial Services Sector (Sept. 1998), at 133, available at /rpt/pdf/Main_E.pdf.

23. 9 Phillip E. Areeda, Antitrust Law 30 (1991).

24. Jefferson Parish Hosp. Dist. No. 2 v. Hyde, 466 U.S. 2 (1984).

25. Id. at 16.

26. Director of Investigation and Research v. Bombardier Ltd. (1980), 53 C.P.R. (2d) at 47. In this case, falling under the Competition Act’s exclusive dealing provisions, the Restrictive Trade Practices Commission (the predecessor to the Competition Tribunal) found that with a market share of 30%, Bombardier was a "major supplier."

27. U.S. General Accounting Office, supra note 2, at 9.

28. Bank Holding Company Act, 12 U.S.C. § 1972.

29. Letter from the U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Antitrust Division to Ms. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Nov. 7, 2003), in response to the Federal Reserve System Proposed Interpretation of Section 106 of the Bank Holding Company Act.

30. Of course, this kind of price discrimination could run afoul of the Competition Act, despite having a positive effect on efficiency. As a practical matter, this is not risky activity as there have been very few price discrimination cases to date.

31. See A. Director & E. Levi, Law and the Future: Trade Regulation, 51 Nw. U.L. Rev. 281 (1956); R. Posner, Antitrust Law: An Economic Perspective (1976).

32. For instance, see M.D. Whinston, Tying, Foreclosure and Exclusion, 80 Am. Econ. Rev. 837 (1990).

33. In the United States, the consolidation of banking and investment banking services has increased considerably following the 1999 passage of The Gramm-Leach-Bliley (Financial Services Modernization Act 1999), Pub. L. No. 106-102 (1999). This Act lifted restrictions on the amount of investment banking that traditional banks can engage in. In Canada, amendments to the Bank Act in 1987 loosened ownership rules and as a result a number of big banks have purchased brokerage houses.

34. Competition Bureau, Appendix I - Tied Selling: Background Information for the Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Financial Services Sector Tied Selling Defined (Submission to the Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Financial Services Sector), available at nsf/ vwGeneratedINterE/ct01164e.html.

35. Letter from the U.S. Dep’t of Justice, supra note 29.

36. Tele-Direct, supra note 9, at 118.

37. Competition Bureau, Treatment of Efficiencies in the Competition Act: Consultation Paper (Sept. 2004)?

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  • To allow you to personalize the Mondaq websites you are visiting.
  • To enable features such as password reminder, newsletter alerts, email a colleague, and linking from Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) to your website.
  • To produce demographic feedback for our information providers who provide information free for your use.

Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) do not sell or provide your details to third parties other than information providers. The reason we provide our information providers with this information is so that they can measure the response their articles are receiving and provide you with information about their products and services.

If you do not want us to provide your name and email address you may opt out by clicking here .

If you do not wish to receive any future announcements of products and services offered by Mondaq by clicking here .

Information Collection and Use

We require site users to register with Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) to view the free information on the site. We also collect information from our users at several different points on the websites: this is so that we can customise the sites according to individual usage, provide 'session-aware' functionality, and ensure that content is acquired and developed appropriately. This gives us an overall picture of our user profiles, which in turn shows to our Editorial Contributors the type of person they are reaching by posting articles on Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) – meaning more free content for registered users.

We are only able to provide the material on the Mondaq (and its affiliate sites) site free to site visitors because we can pass on information about the pages that users are viewing and the personal information users provide to us (e.g. email addresses) to reputable contributing firms such as law firms who author those pages. We do not sell or rent information to anyone else other than the authors of those pages, who may change from time to time. Should you wish us not to disclose your details to any of these parties, please tick the box above or tick the box marked "Opt out of Registration Information Disclosure" on the Your Profile page. We and our author organisations may only contact you via email or other means if you allow us to do so. Users can opt out of contact when they register on the site, or send an email to with “no disclosure” in the subject heading

Mondaq News Alerts

In order to receive Mondaq News Alerts, users have to complete a separate registration form. This is a personalised service where users choose regions and topics of interest and we send it only to those users who have requested it. Users can stop receiving these Alerts by going to the Mondaq News Alerts page and deselecting all interest areas. In the same way users can amend their personal preferences to add or remove subject areas.


A cookie is a small text file written to a user’s hard drive that contains an identifying user number. The cookies do not contain any personal information about users. We use the cookie so users do not have to log in every time they use the service and the cookie will automatically expire if you do not visit the Mondaq website (or its affiliate sites) for 12 months. We also use the cookie to personalise a user's experience of the site (for example to show information specific to a user's region). As the Mondaq sites are fully personalised and cookies are essential to its core technology the site will function unpredictably with browsers that do not support cookies - or where cookies are disabled (in these circumstances we advise you to attempt to locate the information you require elsewhere on the web). However if you are concerned about the presence of a Mondaq cookie on your machine you can also choose to expire the cookie immediately (remove it) by selecting the 'Log Off' menu option as the last thing you do when you use the site.

Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to or control over these cookies and we are not aware of any at present that do so.

Log Files

We use IP addresses to analyse trends, administer the site, track movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Mondaq (or its affiliate sites) are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of these third party sites. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.

Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose any information requested. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and delivery address), and demographic information (such as postcode, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the functionality of the site.


If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask them for the friend’s name and email address. Mondaq stores this information and may contact the friend to invite them to register with Mondaq, but they will not be contacted more than once. The friend may contact Mondaq to request the removal of this information from our database.


This website takes every reasonable precaution to protect our users’ information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected using firewalls and other security technology. If you have any questions about the security at our website, you can send an email to

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user’s personally identifiable information changes (such as postcode), or if a user no longer desires our service, we will endeavour to provide a way to correct, update or remove that user’s personal data provided to us. This can usually be done at the “Your Profile” page or by sending an email to

Notification of Changes

If we decide to change our Terms & Conditions or Privacy Policy, we will post those changes on our site so our users are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner. We will use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

How to contact Mondaq

You can contact us with comments or queries at

If for some reason you believe Mondaq Ltd. has not adhered to these principles, please notify us by e-mail at and we will use commercially reasonable efforts to determine and correct the problem promptly.