WikiFranchise.org: since Feb 2009.
Start the dialogue, record the franchisor’s every move and retain that information through successive ownership changes.
Start educating your members in the two businesses they run: the store and the franchise relationship.
I started WikiFranchise.org in Feb 2009. I keep it open although most wikis are closely held.
Those with a greater command of the information, wins every time.
Franchisees need to speak out to their local MPPs (member of provincial parliament).
The independent franchisee association should make a legislative “wishlist” a priority.
Nothing, nothing makes a franchisor and his allies (Canadian Franchise Association, CFA et al) stand up and take notice.
Start by suggesting the Ontario government reverse the onus on good faith in the Arthur Wishart Act.
Three MPPs get together to try to make franchise fraud a criminal offence, Second Reading, 2010.
Q: Why should any public official help your family when (it appears) you don’t give two hoots about the other +70,000 franchisee families?
Multi-unit and mom-and-pops. On or off the record.
Les: 705 737-4635. les.j.stewart-at-gmail.com
Click here to watch a 45 minute expose called 7-Eleven: The Price of Convenience.
Modern franchising runs identically, internationally, on all countries sharing a British Common law heritage.
The highest levels of national government known full-well for decades that wage theft is largely responsible for the extraordinary ROI that is achieved by franchisors such as Mr. Withers and Ms. Barlow.
Cross-posted on WikiFranchise.org.
The Canadian Franchise Association says it …advocates on behalf of franchisors and franchisees in Canada…
April 4, 2000
Investigate Franchise Association Abuses: Martin
Tony Martin, MPP, Sault Ste. Marie
New Democratic Party
Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada
INVESTIGATE FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION ABUSES: MARTIN
TORONTO – The Consumer and Commercial Relations Ministry should investigate the Canadian Franchise Association over its failure to help Ontario franchise holders, NDP MPP Tony Martin said today.
The CFA is advising the Conservative government on proposed changes to provincial laws governing franchise agreements. But the association is under fire from hundreds of its own members for its indifference to their complaints, the NDP Critic for Consumer and Commercial Relations said in the Legislature today.
“The CFA has been of no help to many hundreds of entrepreneurs who lost their shirts in shoddy franchise deals,” Martin said. “Instead of taking the CFA’s advice this government should be sending in ministry staff to thoroughly investigate this association’s failures.”
Martin raised the case of Brenda Hope, a mother of two from Coldwater who lost $90,000 as a Chemwise Inc., franchisee. For more than a year, the CFA has refused to look into Hope’s complaints, although it endorsed Chemwise as a member.
Similarly, the CFA has refused to accept a registered letter from Bulk Barn franchisees who have a series of complaints against the franchisor. Martin was also refused when he tried to deliver the letter. The Sault Ste. Marie MPP called on Consumer and Commercial Affairs minister Bob Runciman to act now to protect small businesspeople.
“Perhaps the minister can convince the CFA to live up to its responsibilities to mediate franchise disputes. If he can’t, we need a full-scale probe of this group. It’s the least we can do for hard-working families who lose everything in dubious franchise deals,” Martin said.
The MPP has proposed his own legislation, Bill 35, that is far tougher than the government’s Bill 33. The Martin Franchise Bill would require full-disclosure of franchise contracts, a dispute resolution mechanism, the right to associate and the freedom to source products outside of the chain when not trademark related.
Also: Martin’s questions directed to the CFA during their Mar 2000 expert witness testimony.