01 November 2017

Case name

Bread Price-Fixing Class Action

Quebec Superior Court file #



On October 31st, 2017, the Competition Bureau launched an industry-wide criminal investigation concerning a price-fixing scheme involving certain packaged bread products sold by grocery stores across Canada. That same day, the Competition Bureau raided the offices of Canada’s largest grocery stores as part of its criminal investigation into a cartel. The raids were conducting after the Ontario Superior Court in Ottawa granted search warrants based on reasonable grounds to believe that certain individuals and companies, including the Defendants, had taken part in activities that contravene the Competition Act.

This class seeks financial compensation for the damages suffered as a result of the grocery stores’ anti-competitive and unlawful activities;

The Class Definition

All persons, partnerships and associations resident in Québec who purchased at least one package of bread between January 1st, 2001 and December 19, 2019;

The word “bread” in the class description means bread products and bread alternatives, produced or retailed by any of the Defendants, excluding bread frozen when sold and bread baked on-site in the establishment where it is retailed.

Remedies sought for consumers

Compensatory damages for class members in amounts to be determined.



Files – Bread Price-Fixing Class Action

Originating Application – Bread Cartel – March 25, 2020

Long-Form Notice to Class Members

Short-Form Notice to Class Members

Judgment Ordering Notices to Class Members – March 17, 2020

Judgment Authorizing the Class Action – December 19, 2019 (rectified on April 22, 2020)

Amended Application to Authorize – Bread Cartel – April 11, 2018

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Bread Price-Fixing Class Action

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