Articles 2020


Franchising in Canada - 2019 Year in Review

  • February 18, 2020
  • John Clifford, W. Brad Hanna, Adriana Rudensky, Mitch Koczerginski, Andae Marrocco and Paola Ramirez

In this update we highlight key judicial decisions and legislative developments in 2019 affecting the landscape of franchise law in Canada.

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Updates to the Arthur Wishart Act Anticipated Following Public Consultation

  • December 09, 2019
  • Clark Harrop, partner at Dale & Lessmann LLP

Coming on the heels of the OBA Franchise Section's November 19, 2019 dinner program "If I Could Revise the Franchise Laws in Canada", the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services recently completed a public consultation process for proposed changes to the regulations under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000, SO 2000, c 3 (the “AWA”). This article reviews some important anticipated changes.

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Franchisees Cannot Claim Statutory Damages For Misrepresentation When a Franchisor Voluntarily, But Without Obligation, Provides a Disclosure Document

  • August 02, 2019
  • W. Brad Hanna

The Ontario Superior Court recently confirmed that a franchisee is not entitled to sue for damages under s. 7 of the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 3 (the “AWA”) when a franchisor voluntarily, but without obligation under s. 5 of the AWA, provides a disclosure document that contains misrepresentations. The decision in 2101516 Ontario Inc. v. Radisson Hotels Canada Inc., 2019 ONSC 3302 is good news for franchisors.

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Revisiting Reasonableness: How Changing Business Circumstances can Impact the Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants

  • June 12, 2019
  • Stephanie Sugar, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Restrictive covenants, particularly non-compete clauses, are regular features in franchise agreements. When franchise agreements often span many years, facts and circumstances may change with a franchisor’s reorganization, expansion of the franchise system, assignment of franchises, and any other number of factors that change the landscape within which the franchise agreement must be interpreted.

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Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Arbitration Clauses and the Exclusion of Class Actions are Enforceable Against Businesses Claims

  • June 01, 2019
  • Suhuyini Abudulai, Tim Pinos, Carly Cohen and Colin Pendrith

The Supreme Court of Canada recently held, in its highly anticipated decision in Telus Communications Inc. v. Wellman, that business customers of Telus cannot avoid the terms of a mandatory arbitration clause by joining a class action with consumers who are not bound by the arbitration clause.

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Employee or Franchisee (Independent Contractor)? Definitive guidance from the Supreme Court of Canada

  • May 31, 2019
  • David N. Kornhauser (corporate counsel) and Izak C. Rosenfeld (articling student), Macdonald Sager Manis LLP,

In a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, the analysis of whether an individual is considered an employee or independent contractor is given a thorough review, and brings into question the interplay of previous cases that have considered the nature of this relationship in a franchise context.

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Franchisor's Associates

  • March 13, 2019
  • Jonathan Mesiano-Crookston (Goldman Hine LLP), Debi Sutin (Gowling WLG) and Maryam Shahidi (Goldman Hine LLP)

The concept of the “franchisor’s associate” is one of the vaguest concepts under Ontario franchise legislation and one of the most perilous for individuals offering franchises.

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Maintaining Equilibrium: The Supreme Court Defines the Boundaries of Good Faith

  • February 04, 2019
  • Colin Pendrith, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

In the recent decision of Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. v. Hydro Québec, the Supreme Court of Canada considered the scope of the duty of good faith to re-write a contract, touching upon the heightened duty that can exist in “relational contracts”, such as franchise agreements.

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A Word of Warning to Franchisors: ADR Provisions May Postpone the Limitation Period for Rescission

  • January 13, 2019
  • W. Brad Hanna, Andrae J. Marrocco, Adriana Rudensky, Mitch Koczerginski, Lauren Ray

In PQ Licensing S.A. v. LPQ Central Canada Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal considered whether the mandatory mediation process prescribed by a franchise agreement impacted the limitation period applicable to a franchisee’s rescission claim.  The Court found that the franchisee’s claim for rescission was not barred even though the franchisee had delivered its notice of rescission nearly a decade prior.

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A Lesson in Limitation Periods

  • July 12, 2018
  • Shaun Laubman, Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

Examining the application of the standard two-year limitation period in the context of mandatory alternative dispute resolution provisions often found in franchise agreements, with reference to the relatively recent decision, PQ Licensing S.A. v. LPQ Central Canada Inc., 2018 ONCA 331.

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