Manitoba is mere days away from becoming the fifth Canadian province with franchise legislation. The Franchises Act (the Act) and Franchises Regulation (the Regulation) come into force on October 1, 2012. On and after that date, franchisors granting franchises to be operated partly or wholly in Manitoba will be required to comply with the Act and Regulation, including preparing and delivering a disclosure document to prospective franchisees.

If you have not done so already, it is time to update your disclosure document for Manitoba. For the most part, the Act and Regulation are consistent with the franchise legislation in the other provinces, though there are some important differences.