The Competition Bureau is investigating Amazon.ca about possible abuse of market dominance in the Canadian market.
In a press release, the Competition Bureau says it is "examining whether Amazon is engaging in conduct on its Canadian marketplace, Amazon.ca, that is impacting competition to the detriment of consumers and companies that do business in Canada."
It says that its investigation is ongoing and "there is no conclusion of wrongdoing at this time."
However, the Bureau is encouraging sellers and businesses to "confidentially share their experiences" and relevant information about Amazon.ca.
The Bureau says it will be investigating:
- “any past or existing Amazon policies which may impact third-party sellers’ willingness to offer their products for sale at a lower price on other retail channels, such as their own websites or other online marketplaces;
- the ability of third-party sellers to succeed on Amazon’s marketplace without using its “Fulfilment By Amazon” service or advertising on Amazon.ca;
- and any efforts or strategies by Amazon that may influence consumers to purchase products it offers for sale over those offered by competing sellers.”
In a Global News report, an Amazon spokesperson says “we are cooperating with the Competition Bureau’s review and continue to work hard to support small and medium-sized businesses who sell in our Canadian store — and help them grow."