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Legal Guide

The federal government has enacted a number of laws directed at preventing deceptive marketing practices, preventing health and safety problems, and generally improving fairness towards consumers in the marketplace. The federal Competition Act, which governs a wide variety of activities, from misleading advertising to mergers, is discussed separately in a previous section. This section reviews some of the more important federal product standard laws. Note that this review concentrates on consumer products. Producers of industrial products, particularly products used in agriculture, and those involved in the transportation of toxic or environmentally harmful chemicals and other substances, will generally have to review other federal (and provincial) regulatory laws affecting the importation and sale of their specific products.

Additional posts from the blog



Canada’s Anti-Spam Law – New Guidance on Offering Apps, Software

by Margot Patterson

CASL also prohibits installing a “computer program” – including an app, widget, software, or other executable data – on a computer system (e.g. computer, device) unless the program is installed with consent and complies with disclosure requirements. The provisions in CASL related to the installation of computer programs will come into force on January 15, 2015.



Environment Canada issues Hydrofluorocarbon reporting requirement

by Nalin Sahni

On April 7, 2014, the Minister of the Environment issued a Notice with respect to hydrofluorocarbons (the “Notice”), pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The Notice imposes reporting requirements on those who imported, exported, or manufactured certain hydrofluorocarbons (“HFCs”) from 2008 and 2012. A non-exhaustive list of HFCs subject to these reporting requirements can be found in Schedule 1 of the Notice.



“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”

by Andy Pushalik

In an interesting decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ruled that an employer is not liable for discriminatory and harassing texts sent by a rogue employee to another of its workers.

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