Competition Act

Version of section 51 from 2002-12-31 to 2009-03-11:

Marginal note:Definition of "allowance"
  •  (1) In this section, “allowance” means any discount, rebate, price concession or other advantage that is or purports to be offered or granted for advertising or display purposes and is collateral to a sale or sales of products but is not applied directly to the selling price.

  • Marginal note:Grant of allowance prohibited except on proportionate terms

    (2) Every one engaged in a business who is a party or privy to the granting of an allowance to any purchaser that is not offered on proportionate terms to other purchasers in competition with the first-mentioned purchaser, which other purchasers are in this section called "competing purchasers", is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

  • Marginal note:Definition of proportionate terms

    (3) For the purposes of this section, an allowance is offered on proportionate terms only if

    • (a) the allowance offered to a purchaser is in approximately the same proportion to the value of sales to him as the allowance offered to each competing purchaser is to the total value of sales to that competing purchaser;

    • (b) in any case where advertising or other expenditures or services are exacted in return therefor, the cost thereof required to be incurred by a purchaser is in approximately the same proportion to the value of sales to him as the cost of the advertising or other expenditures or services required to be incurred by each competing purchaser is to the total value of sales to that competing purchaser; and

    • (c) in any case where services are exacted in return therefor, the requirements thereof have regard to the kinds of services that competing purchasers at the same or different levels of distribution are ordinarily able to perform or cause to be performed.

  • R.S., c. C-23, s. 35;
  • 1974-75-76, c. 76, s. 17.
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