This Q&A chapter provides an overview of the main practical issues concerning local and international franchising, including: current market activity; franchising regulatory framework; contractual issues relating to franchising agreements (analyzing pre-contract disclosure requirements, formalities, parties’ rights and obligations, fees and payments, term of agreement and renewal, termination and choice of law and jurisdiction); Operations Manual; liability issues; intellectual property; real estate; competition law; employment issues; dispute resolution; exchange control and withholding; and proposals for reform. Continue reading
Andrae J. Marrocco (Of Counsel, Toronto) and Daniel D. Ujczo (Of Counsel, Columbus) were appointed as Joint Secretaries to the board of the Invest USA Committee at SelectUSA Canada on November 17, 2015 in Toronto. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Canada and the United States enjoy the world’s largest bilateral trading relationship, with nearly $2 billion in trade and 300,000 persons crossing the Canada/US border each day. The Canada/US business relationship is also the most integrated in the world, with 1/3 of its trade occurring within cross border companies Continue reading
The Dickinson Wright Guide to Doing Business in Canada describes some of the major aspects of Canadian law that you will need to consider when establishing, acquiring or operating a business in Canada. The Guide focuses on the applicable laws of Ontario and of Canada. Download the Dickinson Wright Guide to Doing Business in Canada.