The growth of Canadian Franchise law

Canadian Franchise law is continually expanding, not surprising given the extent of the rise of franchises here. Canada has the second-highest number of franchises in the world – second only to the US. Industry Canada statistics estimate that as much as $1 of every $5 in our consumer spending goes to franchises.

On the legal side in recent years, many observers watched with interest as Canadian courts extended class action law into the franchise space.

And in another recent development, an Ontario court has weighed in on contractual obligations. Norton Rose LLP comments on Fairview Donut Inc. v The TDL Group Corp., in which the Ontario Superior Court affirmed franchisors right to require both system changes and that franchisees purchase from them. To read Norton Rose’s commentary, click here.

Jean Cumming

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