Canada's restaurant industry is going through a period of substantial uncertainty and disruption following COVID-19 and related lockdown measures. Against this backdrop, industry participants may seek to achieve greater scale and cost efficiency through collaboration or consolidation in order to combat declining revenues and shifting consumer behaviour.

The restaurant industry has historically not been the subject of considerable scrutiny from Canada's Competition Bureau, nor enforcement under the Competition Act (Act), due in large part to the high number of competitors and industry fragmentation.

As the sector continues to face consolidation pressures, it is important for industry participants to be aware of, and effectively navigate, Canada's competition law and foreign investment regimes.

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