Competition Law Officer

  • Government of Canada
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 01, 2019
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Job Description

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch
Toronto (Ontario), Gatineau (Québec)
$56,374 to $74,160

Closing date: 31 October 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

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Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

Number of positions:
To be determined, based on operational needs.

Work environment

The Competition Bureau of Canada’s Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch is always looking for interested and engaged people to join our team of Competition Law Officers. The Bureau offers rewarding and interesting careers in an agency with an important economic mandate that directly impacts consumers and businesses in virtually all industries across Canada.

Competition Law Officers work at the intersection of law and economics. They gather and assess information from the marketplace and other sources to determine whether proposed mergers or conduct by dominant firms is likely to harm competition under Canada’s Competition Act. As an independent enforcement agency, our teams work with Department of Justice lawyers to bring cases to Canada’s Competition Tribunal or to address any competition concerns voluntarily with parties.

Officers can expect to get a vast range of experiences in their work. This includes conducting interviews of senior business people, gathering information through requests for information and research, assessing evidence and conducting economic analysis, negotiating with outside parties, briefing and making recommendations to senior managers, and in some cases supporting the Bureau’s litigation before the courts.

We are looking for people who work well in teams and who enjoy gathering facts from numerous sources in order to make the best assessment of potential competition issues. While law and economics are a core part of the Bureau’s work, backgrounds involving industry experience, technical expertise, and business acumen would also help advance the Bureau’s work.

Please consider joining our dedicated team of public servants as a Competition Law Officer. A career with the Competition Bureau is your chance to join a team that plays a central role in maintaining in the Canadian marketplace

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified candidates may be created to staff similar positions within Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada with various language requirements and various tenures (indeterminate, deployment, acting, specified period, assignment, secondment).

Candidates are sought for two streams:
Stream 1: Economics background
Stream 2: Law background

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English or French

Information on language requirements

Stream 1:
EDU1 - Currently enrolled in* or completed a Master’s degree in economics from a recognized post-secondary institution.


  • Course work must be successfully completed before the time of appointment.

** You must provide an electronic copy of your most recent unofficial transcript for relevant studies to

Stream 2:
EDU2 - A degree in law from a recognized university and eligibility for membership in the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province Quebec.

Degree equivalency

Volet 2
EX1 - Within the last three (3) years, a minimum of either:
(i) 10 months’ experience working as an articling student or lawyer in a private law firm or in the public sector; OR
(ii) 12 months’ experience as a law clerk to a judge of a federal or provincial court.

Stream 2:
EX2 - Completed at least one articling rotation or clerkship which included a focus on competition law, corporate law or commercial litigation.

Both streams:
K1 - Knowledge of the Competition Act and Competition Bureau guidelines.
K2 - Knowledge of records and information management.

Both streams:
BC1 - Analytical thinking
BC2 - Effective interactive communication (oral)
BC3 - Teamwork and co-operation
BC4 - Focus on quality and details
BC5 - Adaptability and flexibility
BC6 - Initiative

Both streams:
TC1 - Ability to apply the Bureau’s legislation and policies.
TC2 - Ability to conduct research, investigations and inspections.
TC3 - Ability to manage projects or cases.
TC4 - Effective written communication.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Stream 1:
AEDU1 - High cumulative grade point average.
AEDU2 - Course(s) in industrial organization during the course of university studies.

Degree equivalency

Stream 1:
AEX1 - Experience conducting econometric analysis.

Conditions of employment

  • Security: Reliability or Secret
  • Significant overtime, travel and flexible hours may be required.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

1) THE ORGANIZATION WILL ONLY ACCEPT ONLINE APPLICATIONS VIA JOBS.GC.CA. Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

2) A written examination will be administered.

3) An interview will be administered.

4) You must provide contact information for two (2) references to whom you reported in a supervisory role.

5) You must provide proof of your education credentials.

6) Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

7) Candidates may be required to meet the other qualifications depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed.

8) Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent. Only screened-in applicants will be contacted.

9) Please note that achieving the pass mark on any of the assessments used does not mean you will move forward in the selection process. Management may decide to use a score that is higher than the pass mark on any of the evaluations used throughout the selection process. Management may also decide to use top-down selection at any stage of the process.

10) Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

11) PLEASE NOTE: For this selection process, our intention is to communicate with applicants by e-mail for screening/assessment purposes (including issuing screening results, and sending invitations for written tests and interviews). Applicants who apply to this selection process must include in their application a valid e-mail address and make sure this address is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users.

12) Questions regarding travel and relocation:


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Practice Area(s)

competition law