Franchise rescission
Franchise & Distribution Law

A Word of Warning to Franchisors – ADR Provisions May Postpone the Limitation Period for Rescission

In the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in PQ Licensing S.A. v. LPQ Central Canada Inc. (“PQ Licensing”), the Court considered whether the mandatory mediation process prescribed by a franchise agreement impacted the limitation period applicable to a franchisee’s rescission claim.

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Doing Business in Canada
Corporate / M&A Law, Franchise & Distribution Law

Doing Business in Canada Series – Part 5: Securities Law and Corporate Governance in Canada

Securities Law

Canada has a sophisticated capital markets system. Securities of both Canadian and foreign public companies can be listed and traded on several of Canada’s stock exchanges. The largest stock exchange in Canada is the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). Continue reading

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Franchise & Distribution Law

Proposed Changes to Ontario Employment and Labour Laws

EmploymentOn May 23, 2017, the Government of Ontario’s Special Advisors released their Final Report from the Changing Workplaces Review (Final Report) which outlines 173 recommendations to amend the Employment Standards Act (Ontario) (ESA) and the Labour Relations Act (Ontario) (LRA). In response to the Final Report, on June 1, 2017, the Government introduced Bill 148 – Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148) which proposes certain amendments to the ESA and LRA. Continue reading

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Doing Business in Canada
Corporate / M&A Law, Franchise & Distribution Law

Doing Business in Canada Series – Part 2: Business Structures

Several different business structures may be used to conduct business in Canada. Non-residents looking to engage with Canadian businesses, or those intending to carry on business in Canada, should familiarize themselves with such structures. Continue reading

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Corporate / M&A Law, Franchise & Distribution Law

Canadian Government Seeks Input for Innovation Agenda

Innovation - CopyIn September 2015 a new government was elected in Canada on a platform of significant change. Its first budget, tabled in March, outlines a plan for implementation of that change. A significant part of the budget – upwards of $3 billion CAD – is committed to the encouragement of innovation. Continue reading

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