2020 CFA’s Advocacy Accomplishments

The CFA continues to work tirelessly to to ensure that decision makers across the country understand the importance of franchising and the franchise business model to the Canadian economy.

CFA’s Advocacy Work:

Brought #FranchiseAwareness to Queen’s Park. On
Tuesday, April 2, the CFA brought Franchise Awareness
Day to Queen’s Park in Toronto. More than 20 meetings were organized between CFA members and MPPs, raising awareness about the positive impact
franchising has on the Canadian economy.

Provided input regarding the B.C. Employment
Standards Act.
Through the B.C. government’s public
consultation, the CFA provided substantive input into
the process of updating the province’s Employment
Standards Act to ensure there weren’t any negative
impacts for franchised businesses.

Assisted in WorkSafeBC reform. As part of a large
coalition of 45 business organizations from across B.C., the CFA provided input into the process of reforming WorkSafe BC (B.C.’s workers compensation program).

Successfully completed the ESTEP program. In the
Spring of 2019, the CFA completed the delivery of
the Employment Standards Training and Education
Program (ESTEP) in partnership with the Ontario
Ministry of Labour.

Held key meetings with elected officials across Canada. The CFA met with a number of elected officials in B.C., including the Deputy Minister of Labour; several key officials from the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology; and Opposition Critics. Meetings also took place on the East Coast, including with the Leader of the Official Opposition in P.E.I., New Brunswick Minister of Economic Development and Small Business, and Deputy Attorney General of New Brunswick.

Continued to foster a strong relationship with the International Franchise Association (IFA). The CFA attended IFA Congressional Lobby Day in September, where they met with Senators and other representatives from California to discuss how changes in California are negatively impacting franchising.

Delivered weekly advocacy updates. The CFA launched the weekly Advocacy Update e-newsletter to provide members with the latest advocacy news, including policy and/or legislative developments, CFA meetings with government officials, and advocacy accomplishments.

Kept CFA members informed during the federal election. In the months leading up to the 2019 Federal
Election, the CFA provided its members with critical
updates throughout the campaign through a weekly
Canada Votes: 2019 Federal Election Update, which
was sponsored by Temple Scott Associates.

CFA’s Advocacy First

  • Completed the FIRST Employment Standards Training and Education Program (ESTEP)
  • Attended the IFA Congressional Lobby Day and met with California representatives for the FIRST time
  • FIRST Advocacy Elections Update e-newsletter was sent to CFA members throughout the federal election
  • Launched the FIRST weekly Advocacy Update e-newsletter for members.