Franchising in Canada
Franchise Regulations in Canada
Although there are several federal and provincial laws that apply to franchising, only five provinces have introduced laws that specifically apply to franchising. These provinces are Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick and their respective acts can be found using the links below.
At the federal level, various laws can apply to franchising such as income tax, competition, privacy, packaging and labeling, and intellectual property statutes. At the provincial level there are a number of laws that apply to franchising include consumer protection legislation, sales taxes, liquor licensing, and class action. Franchisors wishing to carry on business in Quebec must also comply with the Charter of the French Language of Quebec and the Quebec Civil Code.