On April 2, 2013, the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) issued a Consultation Paper on a Franchise Act for British Columbia to examine whether British Columbia should enact legislation to regulate franchising. If enacted, British Columbia would be the 6th province in Canada with franchise legislation. 

A full copy of the Consultation Paper, and BCLI’s tentative recommendations, can be found at:

http://bcli.org/bclrg/publications/consultation-paper-bc-franchise-act

BCLI is seeking feedback to its recommendations from franchisors, franchisees, business and consumer organizations and the general public. Interested parties have until September 30, 2013 to respond to the recommendations.