Does the law recognize it as being illegal?
Is the Right to Associate a basic human right as far as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Section 2) is concerned.
How about Canadian provincial law?
Yes: Ontario, Alberta and PEI.
Right to Associate
4.(1) A franchisee may associate with other franchisees and may form or join an organization of franchisees.
Franchisor may not prohibit association
(2) A franchisor and a franchisor’s associate shall not interfere with, prohibit or restrict, by contract or otherwise, a franchisee from forming or joining an organization of franchisees or from associating with other franchisees.
(3) A franchisor and franchisor’s associate shall not, directly or indirectly, penalize, attempt to penalize or threaten to penalize a franchisee for exercising any right under this section.
(4) Any provision in a franchise agreement or other agreement relating to a franchise which purports to interfere with, prohibit or restrict a franchisee from exercising any right under this section is void.
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