CRTC Competition Bureau to work together more closely to oversee telecom competition

OTTAWA — The CRTC and Competition Bureau are planning closer co-operation between the two federal agencies, which play complementary roles in overseeing mergers and takeovers in the broadcast and telecommunications sectors.The agreement, among other things, calls for joint training of employees and information sharing between the two agencies. They have also committed to semi-annual meetings between senior management.Both the Bureau and Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission are under the Industry department.John Pecman, the Commissioner of Competition, said “this co-operation agreement will allow us to further strengthen our commitment to competition in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.”CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said the announcement on Wednesday will build on a long-standing relationship with the Competition Bureau.“Through our combined efforts, Canadians will continue to have a choice of competitive, innovative and affordable broadcasting and telecommunications services,” Blais said in a statement.