Advocacy Alerts


Advocacy Alerts are timely e-mail updates that keep members informed about potential and pending legislative changes that could impact the franchise sector, as well as steps members can take to get involved and take action. Browse our archives to learn more about past and recent advocacy issues that CFA is fighting on your behalf.

2019 Archives

November 20: Advocacy Update – New Federal Cabinet Sworn In November 18: Advocacy Update – BC government overhauling real-estate regulatory system, Federal Cabinet Shuffle Preview, and Two New Senate Causus’November 11: Advocacy Update – Ontario Fall Economic Statement, Meetings with BC government, and Changes to the Arthur Wishart ActOctober 23: 2019 Federal Election  Update – Trudeau Liberals reelected with minority government October 17: 2019 Federal Election Update – Final Days of CampaignOctober 9: 2019 Federal Election Update – Post-Debate Update October 1: 2019 Federal Election Update – Halfway There: Leaders’ Debates Around the CornerSeptember 24: 2019 Federal Election Update – 27 Days Until Election Day! September 17: 2019 Federal Election Update – Campaign matters – but it’s early days September 11: 2019 Federal Election Update – The campaign is on!July 3: Ontario Moving Forward with a Second Cannabis Store Licence LotteryJune 7: Significant Changes Made to Employment Law and Minimum Wages in B.C.  April 16: The  2019 Ontario BudgetMarch 8: BC Ministry of Labour Launches Consultation on Employment Standards Act

2018 Archives

November 26: Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 (Bill 147) Passed Into Law and Repeals Many Amendments Made Under Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148)

October 23: Ford Government Announces Repeal of Liberal Labour Reform

September 27: New Retail Cannabis Proposals Show Ontario is Open for Business

September 10: CFA Engaging Ontario Government on Bill 148

June 11: Time to Act! Meet your MPP

May 8: Ministry of Labour to Review Public Holiday Pay Formula 

March 29: CFA Shares Economic Impact of Franchising with Governments of British Columbia and Saskatchewan

March 22: Manitoba and Quebec Propose Changes to Labour Laws

March 20: CFA Joins Coalition of 13 Business Associations to Respond to BC’s Labour Relations Code Review

February 27: 2018 Federal Budget Released; Changes to Small Business Tax Proposals Included

February 9: British Columbia to raise minimum wage to $15.20 by 2021

January 25: Canadian Franchise Association Participates in 2018 Pre-Budget Consultations

2017 Archives

December 14: CFA Consults with BC Fair Wages Commission; Advocates for Fair Implementation Time Frame and Offsets

December 13: Federal Government Implements New Income Sprinkling Restrictions Despite Concerns from Business Community and Senate Committee

October 18: CFA Releases its 2017 Advocacy Survey Report 

October 18: Federal Government Unveils Additional Changes to Proposed Tax Amendments; CFA to Appear before Senate Standing Committee on National Finance 

October 16: Federal Government Reducing Small Business Tax Rate; Changes to Proposed Tax Amendments Coming This Week

October 16: Proposed Amendments to Ontario Franchise Legislation Part of Omnibus Bill Referred to Standing Committee 

October 2: CFA Makes Submission to Finance Canada on Proposed Tax Changes 

September 28: Growing Coalition Confirms Tax Proposals Will Affect Middle-Class Business Owners

September 27: Extending Minimum Wage Implementation Will Slash Job Loss Risk by 74%: Economic Analysis

September 20: E-mail Your MP About Proposed Federal Tax Changes That Will Hurt Small Businesses

September 13: Federal Finance Minister Proposes Tax Changes that Will Impact Franchise Businesses

August 14: 180,000 Ontario Jobs at Risk from Bill 148: Independent Economic Impact Analysis

July 27: BC Premier Horgan announces plans to increase minimum wage to $15/hour by 2021, modernize employment standards and labour laws

July 27: Ontario Premier Wynne promises small-business relief to offset minimum wage hike

July 21: CFA Presents to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on Bill 148 

June 27: Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to Study Ontario Bill 148: The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

June 19: CFA Advocacy Survey is now Live!

May 30: Joint Employer NOT Included as Ontario Government Announces Proposed Changes to Employment Standards and Labour Relations Law

May 25: Ontario Changing Workplaces Review Final Report Unfairly Targets Franchising

May 24: Government of Alberta Tables Bill 17 Proposing Amendments to the Alberta Labour Relations Code & Employment Standards Code

May 23: Ontario government releases Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

May 9: Keep the Momentum Going Against Joint-Employer: Over 400 Letters Sent to Date!

May 1: Keep the Momentum Going Against Joint-Employer: Franchise Service Suppliers (FSS) and Employees of Franchisees can now voice their concerns!

April 26: Ontario Changing Workplaces Review Update

April 19: Keep the Momentum Going Against Joint-Employer: Over 300 Letters sent to the Ontario Government!

April 6: FIGHT JOINT-EMPLOYER: Mobilize your Ontario Franchisees to Send a Letter to The Government

March 15: Alberta Government Invites Business Community to Respond to Workplace Legislation Review Consultation

March 14: Business Law Advisory Council Fall 2016 Final Report Released

February 23: Changing Workplaces Review Final Report expected to be released next month

February 6: Update on Raibex v. ASWR Intervener Status Application

January 19: Join CFA’s Grassroots Advocacy Movement in our Fight to Protect Franchising

January 17: CFA to participate in Ontario’s upcoming Budget Consultation Meeting

2016 Archives

December 22: CFA Seeks Intervener Status in Raibex v ASWR Franchising Corp.

December 20: CFA Provides Recommendations on Arthur Wishart Act Amendments

November 29: Ontario Government Considers Amendments to Arthur Wishart Act

November 18: Special Presentation Video on the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review

October 17: CFA Calls for Protection of Franchise Business Model in Ontario’s Employment and Labour Laws

October 4: BC Franchises Act & Regulation Released

October 4: Recent Ontario Court Decision Complicates Franchise Disclosure Requirements

September 27: House of Commons Committee Recommends Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

September 15: Alberta Government Extends Mature Franchisor Exemption

September 1: Potential Changes to Ontario’s Personal Emergency Leave Provisions could Impact Franchisees

July 27: Ontario Government Releases Interim Report for Ontario Labour Law Reform

July 27: Ontario Employer Groups Call on Provincial Government to “Keep Ontario Working”

June 16: CFA Meets with Assistant Deputy Minister of Labour to Discuss Changes to Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act

May 9: CFA’s Response to Ontario’s Proposed Electronic Disclosure Amendment

April 12: Ontario Government Responds to CFA’s Request to Allow for Electronic Discourse

March 15: Alberta Government Considering Removing Mature Franchisor Exemption

January 15: CFA Recommends Best Practices to BC Government for BC Franchise Act (Disclosure) Agreement

January 14: CFA Meets with Special Advisors for the Ontario Changing Workplaces Review

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