Granting the Competition Bureau additional powers to compel businesses to provide information for market studies “could result in significant costs for Canadian businesses,” according to the C.D. Howe Institute. It noted in a release Thursday that John Pecman, the commissioner of competition, has advocated for such powers, stating that agencies in other countries are able to compel information from regulators and companies. When it conducts studies currently, the Bureau “generally relies on publicly available information, data purchased from independent providers and information voluntarily provided by participants,” it said. Members of its Competition Policy Council were “of the view that the Competition Bureau has not identified how previous market studies were systematically deficient or that information obtained voluntarily from market study participants was inadequate so as to justify the potentially significant costs arising from investigatory orders,” it said. The council also had concerns about due process, accountability and oversight regarding the question of compelling information, it added. Last summer, as part of its investigation into BCE Inc.’s acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., the bureau went through the Federal Court to compel Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. to produce records.