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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 introduction of franchise legislation in British Columbia means franchisors operating in the Province will need to create or revise existing franchise disclosure documents (for other Provinces) in order to meet their obligations under the new laws.

While substantially similar to franchise legislation in other provinces, the British Columbia franchise legislation does bear differences that franchisors need to be aware of including those pertaining to:

  • Deposits

  • Methods of Delivery

  • Financial Statements

  • Advertising Funds

  • Training and Manuals

  • Territory and Proximity

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Information on Current and Former Franchisees

  • Negative Statements

  • Guarantees and Security Interests

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Andrae J. Marrocco, Corporate Attorney, Dickinson Wright Law Firm

Andrae advises corporations, entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organizations across a broad range of franchising and distribution, corporate and commercial, financing and international matters.

Innovative and insightful; Andrae consistently combines the right legal answer with practical and workable business solutions.

Previously, Andrae was Vice President & General Counsel of AISystems Inc., a US publicly listed company. He spent the first decade of his career practicing law in Australia advising corporations and...