Perhaps I missed something, but I don’t see anything in the act giving this body the right to select one group over the other and to its own arbitrary standards.
Anti competitive? Exclusion?
Creates a monopoly in light of the fact it controls 90% of the real estate sales?
It would also appear it may be contrary to a Competition Bureau ruling…
Rules and regulations should not restrict competition any more than is necessary to achieve the desired objectives.
Rules and regulations must be impartial and not self-serving – i.e, they should not constrain the ability of particular market participants to compete.
Rules and regulations should be subject to periodic review and assessment.
To the extent possible, associations should seek to promote open competition in order to maximize consumer benefits and the efficient utilization of resources.
**[Competition Bureau Revisits its Self-Regulated Professions Study After Four Years](http://www.ipvancouverblog.com/2011/09/competition-bureau-revisits-its-self-regulated-professions-study-after-four-years/)**
September 6, 2011
On September 2, 2011, the Competition Bureau released its “ex-post assessment” of its 2007 Self-Regulated Professions Study ([Self-regulated professions – Balancing competition and regulation](http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/vwapj/Professions%20study%20final%20E.pdf/$FILE/Professions%20study%20final%20E.pdf) (December, 2007)).
According to the Bureau, its new Study “surveys and assesses developments that have taken place relating to recommendations made in [its] 2007 Study” and “provides an overview of the progress made since 2007” to the earlier recommendations made by the Bureau.
In 2007, the Bureau released a Study on the rules and regulations governing five Canadian professions (real estate agents, pharmacists, lawyers, accountants and optometrists), intended to study the impact (or lack of it in some cases) of competition on the self-regulated professions in Canada.
The Bureau’s 2007 Study examined six aspects of self-regulation – in particular, restrictions on entering a profession, mobility, business structure, scope of services/practice, advertising and pricing and compensation – and made 53 recommendations to the various professions in an effort to try and enhance competition in those professions.
In addition to these specific issues, the Bureau’s 2007 Study also set out the following six “guiding principles” for how professional associations and, to the extent relevant, provincial governments, should approach the self-regulation of professionals from a competition law perspective:
For the Bureau’s news release see:
Competition Bureau Releases Ex-Post Assessment of the Self-Regulated Professions Study
For the Bureau’s study see:
Self-Regulated Professions – Post-Study Assessment
For the Bureau’s 2007 Study see:
Self-regulated professions – Balancing competition and regulation