On May 13, 2015, Carole James, a provincial member of parliament
in British Columbia, introduced a private members' bill
proposing a Franchise Act for British Columbia. Ms. James is a
member of the New Democratic Party (NDP). The NDP is not in power
at the moment and acts as the opposition party to the current
ruling Liberal party.
As this proposed Franchise Act has been introduced by the
opposition NDP, it is unlikely to advance to a second reading, and
therefore not likely to proceed any further towards becoming law.
It is the government that determines further debate on private
members' bills, and currently a second reading of the proposed
act is not on the agenda for future debate.
However, while this private members' bill is unlikely to
proceed, we are aware that the Attorney General's office is
reviewing the potential introduction of franchise legislation based
upon the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI) report from 2013,
which recommended franchise legislation for British Columbia. At
this time, it is anticipated that no legislation will be introduced
by the government until at least the fall of 2015, with the
earliest it would come into force being at some point in 2016.
If franchise legislation is enacted in British Columbia, British
Columbia would be the 6th province in Canada to regulate
franchising, following the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, Prince
Edward Island, New Brunswick and Manitoba.
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