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B.C. lawyers urge Franchise Act

Province would be sixth in Canada to enact such an act

This February, the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Bar Association issued an Agenda for Justice that includes the following recommendations for legislation to the B.C. government.

"Enact a Franchise Act. A Franchise Act for BC would fairly balance the interests of both parties and it would provide protection to small-business franchisees. "

If the province does enact a Franchise Act, it will be the sixth in Canada to do so, the Canadian Bar Association notes.

"Currently, the [franchise] law is a complicated patchwork of confusing rules," stated the Canadian Bar Association.

"The act would make it easier for business to resolve disputes, reduce court cases, reduce court time and increase clarity.