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Ontario’s Bill 154 Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act amends franchise regulation

On September 14, 2017, the legislature of Ontario introduced the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017.  Bill 154 proposes amendments to several commercial statutes, including the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (the “Act”), in order to render them more...


Proposed Amendments to the Healthy Menu Choices Act

The Ontario government has posted a proposed amendment to Regulation 50/16 (“menu labelling regulation”) under the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (“Act”). The Act requires food service premises with 20 or more locations in Ontario selling standard food items to...


New Regulation for Disclosure of Documents

The Province of Ontario has amended the regulation under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000, S.O. 2000, c.3 to permit a disclosure document to be delivered to a prospective franchisee electronically or by courier.  The new regulation goes into...


Is it Time to Expand my Franchise Concept Internationally?

The Franchise Voice, Winter 2016 Issue

After years of hard work, your franchise concept is finally taking off. You are enjoying brand recognition and repeat visits from happy customers. You are getting traction from prospective franchisees who want to invest in a fresh, promising brand.


Legislative Developments

A. Bill 45 – Healthy Menu Choices Act (Ontario) In November 2014, the Ontario government introduced Bill 45, which is aimed at promoting transparency and health in the province by enacting the Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2014, amending the Smoke-Free Ontario...


The International Comparative Legal Guide to Franchise 2015

First Edition, Global Legal Group

A practical cross-border insight into franchise law, jurisdictional chapter on Canada. Access the International Comparative Legal Guide o Franchise 2015.


Richard Leblanc quoted in Franchise Times article on international expansion

Franchise Times, "Oh, Canada - U.S. brands aren’t so cool there, but with work still do well"

Expanding to Canada first makes sense. But there’s more to our neighbor to the north than many franchisors take into account. Here are some of the rewards and red flags about international expansion there. When the U.S. Commercial Service’s foreign...


Richard Leblanc quoted in Financial Post

Financial Post, "Wok Box cleans up its franchise act after 'fire storm' over early approach"

When Lawrence Eade opened his first Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen in 2004, the opportunities for expansion seemed endless. “We started franchising in mid-2005 and went through exceptionally aggressive growth,” said the Surrey, B.C.-based chief executive. “The world was on...


Legislative Update: New Laws Affecting Franchise Systems

The Franchise Voice



Thomson Reuters

Chapter 8 in Miller Thomson’s Business Laws of Canada. 


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