Marginal note:Interim order
103.3 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the Tribunal may, on ex parte application by the Commissioner in which the Commissioner certifies that an inquiry is being made under paragraph 10(1)(b), issue an interim order
(a) to prevent the continuation of conduct that could be the subject of an order under any of sections 75 to 77, 79, 81 or 84; or
(b) to prevent the taking of measures under section 82 or 83.
(2) The Tribunal may make the interim order if it finds that the conduct or measures could be of the type described in paragraph (1)(a) or (b) and that, in the absence of an interim order,
(a) injury to competition that cannot adequately be remedied by the Tribunal is likely to occur;
(b) a person is likely to be eliminated as a competitor; or
(c) a person is likely to suffer a significant loss of market share, a significant loss of revenue or other harm that cannot be adequately remedied by the Tribunal.
(3) Before making an application for an order to prevent the continuation of conduct that could be the subject of an order under any of sections 75 to 77, 79, 81 or 84 by an entity incorporated under the Bank Act, the Insurance Companies Act, the Trust and Loan Companies Act or the Cooperative Credit Associations Act or a subsidiary of such an entity, the Commissioner must consult with the Minister of Finance respecting the safety and soundness of the entity.
(4) Subject to subsections (5) and (6), an interim order has effect for 10 days, beginning on the day on which it is made.
Marginal note:Extension or revocation of order
(5) The Tribunal may, on application by the Commissioner on 48 hours notice to each person against whom the interim order is directed,
(a) extend the interim order once or twice for additional periods of 35 days each; or
(b) rescind the order.
Marginal note:Application to Tribunal for extension
(5.1) The Commissioner may, before the expiry of the second 35-day period referred to in subsection (5) or of the period fixed by the Tribunal under subsection (7), as the case may be, apply to the Tribunal for a further extension of the interim order.
Marginal note:Notice of application by Commissioner
(5.2) The Commissioner shall give at least 48 hours notice of an application referred to in subsection (5.1) to the person against whom the interim order is made.
Marginal note:Extension of interim order
(5.3) The Tribunal may order that the effective period of the interim order be extended if
(a) the Commissioner establishes that information requested for the purpose of the inquiry has not yet been provided or that more time is needed in order to review the information;
(b) the information was requested during the initial period that the interim order had effect, within the first 35 days after an order extending the interim order under subsection (5) had effect, or within the first 35 days after an order extending the interim order made under subsection (7) had effect, as the case may be, and
(i) the provision of such information is the subject of a written undertaking, or
(ii) the information was ordered to be provided under section 11; and
(c) the information is reasonably required to determine whether grounds exist for the Commissioner to make an application under any section referred to in paragraph (1)(a) or (b).
(5.4) An order extending an interim order issued under subsection (5.3) shall have effect for such period as the Tribunal considers necessary to give the Commissioner a reasonable opportunity to receive and review the information referred to in that subsection.
Marginal note:Effect of application
(5.5) If an application is made under subsection (5.1), the interim order has effect until the Tribunal makes a decision whether to grant an extension under subsection (5.3).
Marginal note:When application made to Tribunal
(6) If an application is made under subsection (7), an interim order has effect until the Tribunal makes an order under that subsection.
Marginal note:Confirming or setting aside interim order
(7) A person against whom the Tribunal has made an interim order may apply to the Tribunal in the first 10 days during which the order has effect to have it varied or set aside and the Tribunal shall
(a) if it is satisfied that one or more of the situations set out in paragraphs (2)(a) to (c) existed or are likely to exist, make an order confirming the interim order, with or without variation as the Tribunal considers necessary and sufficient to meet the circumstances, and fix the effective period of that order for a maximum of 70 days, beginning on the day on which the order confirming the interim order is made; and
(b) if it is not satisfied that any of the situations set out in paragraphs (2)(a) to (c) existed or is likely to exist, make an order setting aside the interim order.
(8) A person who makes an application under subsection (7) shall give the Commissioner 48 hours written notice of the application.
(9) At the hearing of an application under subsection (7), the Tribunal shall provide the applicant, the Commissioner and any person directly affected by the interim order with a full opportunity to present evidence and make representations before the Tribunal makes an order under that subsection.
Marginal note:Prohibition of extraordinary relief
(10) Notwithstanding section 13 of the Competition Tribunal Act, an interim order shall not be appealed or reviewed in any court except as provided for by subsection (7).
Marginal note:Duty of Commissioner
(11) When an interim order is in effect, the Commissioner shall proceed as expeditiously as possible to complete the inquiry arising out of the conduct in respect of which the order was made.
- 2002, c. 16, s. 12
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