In Canada, approximately 45% of all retail businesses are franchised. Above and beyond retail, an increasing number and variety of service providers are also in franchising. Overall, franchising is a huge industry that accounts for 12% of the GDP and more than 20% of all consumer sales in Canada. Franchising provides a wide range of goods and services that help sustain and build the Canadian economy.

Today’s business world is crowded with competing brands and technologies. Corporations and individuals alike strive to find a streamlined business model that maximizes efficiency. Franchising provides that model as a cost-effective and symbiotic means of distributing goods and services.

Our clients rely on the eight members of our franchise law group to advise them on the statutory and strategic opportunities and pitfalls that exist in the franchising arena.

Work Highlights

Red Bull

  • Drafted corporate documents and a national Distribution Agreement for distribution into Canada

Ashley Home Stores

  • Provided Franchising documents for expansion in Canada. Ashley Home Stores now distributes furniture products to over 90 countries

Reach

  • Drafted a Franchise Agreement to make education more accessible for developmentally disabled students
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Our varied expertise provides our clients with a truly comprehensive legal analysis of the franchise and distribution jurisdiction where they are or will become situated.

Franchisors Services
  • Franchise agreements
  • Master franchise and area development agreements
  • Franchise disclosure documents
  • Distribution agreements
  • Trademark (registration and enforcement)
  • Copyright (establishment and enforcement)
  • Website development and documentation
  • Leases and subleases
  • Employment-related advice
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
Franchisees Services
  • Incorporation
  • Franchise agreements and negotiation of amendments
  • Leases and subleases
  • Franchise disclosure documents and advice
  • Shareholder’s agreements
  • Tax advice

Our team is comprised of lawyers who specialize in supportive areas of law, including franchise, IP, leasing, litigation, mediation, arbitration and employment. We are truly a one-stop shop for all of our clients’ franchise needs, and we pride ourselves on being contributors to the franchising industry:

  • Our team includes Lexpert and Best Lawyers-ranked lawyers, a former member of the judiciary and senior lawyers who have the knowledge and experience to solve complex, cross-disciplinary issues for our clients
  • With the introduction of BC’s new Franchises Act on February 1, 2017, strong legal representation is required for expert preparation of franchise disclosure documents, advising on new statutory duties and avoiding penalties. Being at the forefront of these changes, authoring texts, interpreting the legislation and presenting seminars, our group provides proactive and protective advice that helps our clients better conduct their franchise operations and capitalize on opportunities

Our franchise group chair, John Rogers, practiced franchise law in Toronto for eight years. There, he became well-experienced in advising on franchise legislation and preparing franchise disclosure documents, which are required by law in BC as of February 1, 2017.

The experience of our group across a broad range of clients and practice areas ensures that we provide franchisors and franchisees with a comprehensive understanding of the legalities in which they must operate. Our experience and legal acumen supports our clients as they traverse a dynamic—and sometimes volatile—business and regulatory climate in franchising.

Chair
John Rogers jrogers@cwilson.com 604 891 7758
Red Bull
  • Drafted corporate documents and a national Distribution Agreement for distribution into Canada
Ashley Home Stores
  • Provided Franchising documents for expansion in Canada. Ashley Home Stores now distributes furniture products to over 90 countries
Reach
  • Drafted a Franchise Agreement to make education more accessible for developmentally disabled students
Trace Mineral Research (TMR)
  • Drafted Distribution Agreements, allowing TMR to sell nutritional supplements to nutrient-deficient areas of China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
Goodbye Graffiti Inc.
  • Incorporated the company and prepared a franchise agreement and several supporting documents for a very unique, new franchise system, which has since expanded from Vancouver across Canada
UBIF Franchising, Co. (“U Break I Fix”)
  • Canadian counsel to this Florida-based franchise system, ‘Canadianizing’ UBIF’s US franchise agreement and US franchise disclosure document and providing advice on applicable laws of Canada to help UBIF become established legally in Canada
Speedpro Systems Inc.
  • Upgraded existing franchise agreement and franchise disclosure document; providing ongoing project advice
Freshii
  • Acted for a new Vancouver franchisee of this fresh fast food concept
Oxygen Yoga
  • Acted for a new Vancouver franchisee of this fitness and training concept
Jan-Pro
  • Act for master franchisee of this office cleaning concept
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