British Columbia continues along the path towards franchise legislation, albeit at a glacial pace. In late March, the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI), a law reform research organization, published its Report on a Franchise Act for British Columbia, as we previously discussed in our last Franchise Review. Now, the government of British Columbia has announced that it will take that report into consideration as it engages in public consultations and discussions, through to December 2014, with respect to a possible Franchises Act. The government said that the goal of the legislation is to “help level the playing field for small business owners and provide certainty for investors.”

Franchisors will welcome the government’s commitment to seeking the development of franchise legislation that is “consistent with” the legislation in the five regulated provinces. It would be based on the Uniform Conference of Canada’sUniform Franchises Act and information from the BCLI report.

Responses to the BCLI Report can be made until December 10, 2014. More information on the process, can be found here.