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Mandatory disclosure of B.C.'s new Franchises Act in step with most provinces

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 9:31 AM | By Blair Rebane and Eric Little

On Feb. 1, 2017, British Columbia’s new Franchises Act, S.B.C. 2015, c. 35 and Franchises Regulation, BC Reg. 238/2016 came into force. British Columbia is the sixth province in Canada to introduce franchise legislation, following Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

The Franchises Act and the Franchises Regulation arose from an extensive investigation by the British Columbia Law Institute into the regulation of franchising and broad consultation with various stakeholder groups and the public. Like the franchise legislation in the five previously listed...