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  • Rogers Communications (RCI.B) and Shaw Communications (SJR.B) have been notified that the Commissioner of Competition intends to oppose the proposed merger
  • The companies have agreed to extend the deadline for closing the transaction to July 31, 2022
  • Rogers Communications is a Canadian technology and media company
  • Shaw Communications is a Canadian telecommunications company
  • Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI.B) opened trading at C$66.96 per share
  • Shaw Communications Inc. (SJR.B) opened trading at C$37.56 per share

The Commissioner of Competition intends to file applications to the Competition Tribunal opposing Rogers’ (RCI.B) proposed merger with Shaw (SJR.B).

Rogers and Shaw remain committed to the transaction, believing it provides long-term benefits to consumers, businesses and the economy.

Rogers and Shaw are working to sell Freedom Mobile, addressing concerns raised by the Commissioner of Competition and ISED.

Rogers and Shaw will oppose the application to prevent the transaction while continuing to engage with the Competition Bureau.

The transaction will provide a combined Rogers and Shaw with the capabilities necessary to invest in digital infrastructure, create jobs, drive innovation, increase choice, and bridge the digital divide. 

Benefits of the transaction:

  • Investing $2.5 billion to build 5G networks across Western Canada over the next five years
  • Establishing a new $1 billion Rogers Rural and Indigenous Connectivity Fund dedicated to connecting rural, remote, and Indigenous communities across Western Canada
  • An additional $3 billion to support further network, services, and technology investments
  • Creating up to 3,000 net new jobs in Western Canada and
  • Extending Rogers Connected for Success program extended across Western Canada to bring the first of its kind low-cost broadband program nationally to help seniors and low-income Canadians in every community where the combined company offers Internet services.

The companies have agreed to extend the outside date of the transaction to July 31, 2022. In addition, Rogers and Shaw will continue to seek approval from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

The transaction has already been approved by the shareholders of Shaw and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved Rogers’ acquisition of Shaw’s broadcasting services, subject to conditions.

The transaction remains subject to the approval of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and other customary closing conditions.

Rogers is a Canadian technology and media company that provides world-class communications services and entertainment to consumers and businesses.

Shaw Communications is a Canadian telecommunications company. The Wireline division consists of consumer and business services. The wireless division provides wireless voice and LTE data services.

Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI.B) opened trading at C$66.96 per share.

Shaw Communications Inc. (SJR.B) opened trading at C$37.56 per share.

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