We brought you a news alert a few months ago regarding British Columbia Law Institute’s project on bringing forth recommendations for a Franchise Act for British Columbia. The British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) published a consultation paper with tentative recommendations back in March 2013 and asked franchisors, franchisees, business and consumer organizations and the general public to give the BCLI input about franchise regulation in B.C. The consultation phase of the project ended on September 30, 2013. The BCLI is currently in the process of preparing a final report and recommendations for submission to the B.C. legislature. We will keep you updated on the status of the project and let you know when any further action has been taken in respect to bringing forth franchise legislation in British Columbia.

Provinces that have enacted franchise legislation are: Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and most recently, Manitoba. If British Columbia enacts a Franchise Act, it will be the sixth province in Canada to do so.