Saturday, October 28, 2006

British Columbia May Introduce Franchise Bill

The government of British Columbia, Canada’s third largest province, is apparently considering introducing franchise legislation, according to Toronto franchise attorney Paul Jones.

“At this stage, they appear to be gathering information and considering options,” Jones reported. “There does not appear to be a draft bill yet or a consultation on paper, but they are making serious enquiries.”

Currently, three other Canadian provinces have franchise laws—Alberta, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island. In addition, the Uniform Law Conference of Canada has adopted and recommended enactment of a uniform franchise disclosure law and regulations governing disclosure documents and mediation of disputes. Further information on Canadian franchise laws appear at CCH Business Franchise Guide ¶7020.

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