Food Safety in Canada… More Work for Franchisors Importing Food Products

The Safe Foods for Canadian Act (the Act) received Royal Assent in November 2012 and is anticipated to start taking effect at the beginning of 2015. Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have been busy consulting with stakeholders to develop new Regulations to support the Act.

Canadian Franchise Disclosure Compliance Guide

There is a growing number of Canadian provinces enacting franchise disclosure legislation and a growing number of decided cases providing guidance as to the obligations of franchisors under these statutes. Currently, the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick have such legislation.

AODA in Brief

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (“AODA”) which serves as the framework for the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service (the “Customer Service Standard”) and the Integrated Accessibility Standards (such standards, together, the “Standards”), exists to promote accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises.

Ontario Made Pension Plan, Square Off, CHCH Television

How will the proposed legislative changes contemplated by the Ontario Made Pension Plan affect the franchise industry? Dickinson Wright’s franchise lawyer, Andrae Marrocco, will be appearing on Square Off (CHCH Television) to discuss the implications of the new laws.

New Franchise Legislation in Canada

British Columbia, which presently does not have a franchise specific statute, recently took one step closer to implementing such legislation when the British Columbia Law Institute (“BCLI”) recommended the passage of a franchise act in its recent report titled Report on a Franchise Act for British Columbia (March 2014) (the “Report”).