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British Columbia Franchise Laws Come into Effect

On February 1, 2017, the British Columbia Franchises Act and Regulations came into effect making British Columbia the sixth province in Canada with franchise legislation.

The National Law Review

Andrae Marrocco and Dickinson Wright are proud contributors to The National Law Review, providing valuable articles and content on the subject of Canadian and International Franchising and Distribution

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Electronic and Courier Delivery Coming to Ontario

After long anticipation from the franchise industry, the government of Ontario has finally amended regulations under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (“Act”) to expressly allow a franchisor to deliver its franchise disclosure document electronically and by prepaid courier.

Are Shareholders of a Corporate Franchisee Considered “Franchisees” Under Ontario’s Franchise Legislation?

The answer is that it depends. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered the matter in 2313103 Ontario Inc. et al v JM Food Services Ltd. et al. in the context of whether the shareholders of the corporate franchisee can invoke the statutory rights afforded to franchisees under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (Ontario) (“Act”).

How Do I Know If a Franchisor Has a Good Relationship with Its Franchisees?

Franchise systems come in all shapes and sizes, and each has its unique elements. However, there are common aspects that underpin well-run franchise systems. A healthy franchisee-franchisor relationship is a good indicator of a healthy franchise system. Here are several elements that reflect a strong franchisee-franchisor relationship.

Dunkin’ Donuts Quebec Case Now Final

The Quebec Court of Appeal’s April 15, 2015 decision is now the last word in a landmark case brought by 21 Dunkin’ Donuts Quebec franchisees against their franchisor, Dunkin’ Brands Canada Ltd. On March 17, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed, without reasons, the franchisor’s application for leave to appeal the Quebec Court of Appeal decision.

Ontario Employment Standards Audit Manual Now Available

In Ontario, statutory employment standards are established by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and enforced by the Ministry of Labour (Ministry) through its Employment Standards Program.