Dealing with franchise disputes can be a daunting task, but with the help of a seasoned legal team, it can become a more manageable process. At Roberts & Obradovic Law, we offer specialized legal services aimed at mitigating risks and efficiently resolving franchise disputes.
We can advise and represent clients in wide-ranging matters and disputes including:
- Commercial Lease Disputes
- Breach of franchise agreement
- Disputes over royalties and fees
- Misuse of franchise intellectual property
- Claims over inadequate support by franchisor
- Trademark infringement
- Territory disputes
- Fail to meet agreed sales target
- Non-compete issues
Franchising in Canada
Franchising involves granting a franchisee a license to use the franchisor’s systems, methods, and brand in operating their own business. In exchange for this license, the franchisee usually pays the franchisor a continuous royalty fee and receives ongoing support and expertise.
In Canada, there are three common forms of franchising: unit franchises, area development franchises, and master franchises. Our team of experienced franchise lawyers regularly advise clients on the most favorable business model for their organization.
Unlike the US, franchise regulations are handled at the provincial level in Canada. Alberta, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and British Columbia each have their own individual franchise laws.
In Ontario, the franchise agreement typically outlines the framework and the key elements of the franchise relationship. While the franchisor and the franchisor can agree on the terms and conditions of the franchise agreement, they cannot contract out of legislative requirements.
The franchise legislation in each province, including Ontario, requires the franchisor to provide the prospective franchisee with a disclosure document that is accurate, clear, concise, and contains all “material facts” relating to the grant of a new franchise, or the renewal of an existing franchise. Material facts include any information that would reasonably be expected to have a significant effect on the decision to acquire the franchise, or information that will have a significant effect on the value or price of the franchise. Failing to disclose all material facts may result in the franchisee being able to cancel the agreement and seek compensation from the franchisor.
Contact a Franchise Dispute Lawyer
Roberts & Obradovic Law’s team of expert franchise dispute lawyers are frequently sought after by clients for their practical and knowledgeable advice on franchising. They assist in reducing potential risks and resolving disputes to ensure a positive outcome. Call us at (647) 724-5179 or complete an online form to speak to an experienced franchise dispute lawyer today.