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July 23, 2020

Consumers Lose as Occupational Licensing Expands

  • A trend toward increased occupational licensing in Canada drives up costs for consumers and inhibits competition.
  • Authors Robert Mysicka, Lucas Cutler and Tingting Zhang explore how a growing number of occupations in Canada require members to be licensed or otherwise regulated and how, in many cases, the added costs consumers pay for regulated services outweigh the benefits.
  • “Our objection is to regulations that have the primary effect of limiting competition or reducing market entry with no demonstrable benefit to consumers,” the report reads. “The objective for policymakers is to balance the interests of consumer protection with the virtues of a dynamic, competitive marketplace.” 
Robert Mysicka

Robert Mysicka is a commercial litigation and business lawyer at the law firm Bennett McIntyre Mysicka LLP. He has written extensively on regulation and regulatory issues in Canada.

Lucas Cutler

Lucas Cutler is a lawyer at Grant & Dawn Lawyers Professional Corporation in Ottawa.

Tingting Zhang

Tingting Zhang is Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and Analytics, Girard School of Business, Merrimack College, MA.