In April 2009, the government of New Brunswick invited public comment on its newly released Consultation Paper on Regulations under the Franchises Act (Consultation Paper). The Consultation Paper was released nearly two years after New Brunswick’s Franchises Act (Act) received royal assent. The Act has yet to be proclaimed into force; no date has been set and proclamation is unlikely to occur before the end of the year. As the public comment period has now closed, the government is currently reviewing the comments received (which will not be made public) and preparing recommendations about the Regulations. The Regulations are expected to be drafted and published before the Act comes into force in an effort to ensure that franchisors and legal counsel have a thorough understanding of their obligations under the Act. There is still no date set for the Act coming into force but it is expected that the Regulations will be published by early 2010.