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Franchisees’ right to associate: The good, the bad and the unanswered

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 8:51 AM | By Ben Hanuka

All provincial franchise statutes afford franchisees the right to associate with other franchisees and form an organization of franchisees without interference or penalty from their franchisor, whether direct or indirect. Franchisees have a right of action for damages if a franchisor breaches these rights.

These restrictions are broad in scope; they do not permit direct or indirect interference and specifically restrict penalizing franchisees.

Ontario’s Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000, British Columbia’s, New Brunswick’s and P.E.I.’s Franchises Act, and Manitoba’s The Franchises Act impose these rights...