Electronic Commerce law

Like many other countries and jurisdictions around the world, all of the provincial and territorial legislatures in Canada, have enacted e-commerce legislation to address certain contractual formalities and procedural aspects of the formation of contracts. In Canada, electronic commerce legislation is generally considered to be a matter of provincial jurisdiction. There is federal legislation dealing with electronic documents and related electronic filings, however, these generally apply to matters dealing with the federal government. Although there are certain central features of electronic commerce legislation, there are some differences between the provincial statutes, and it is therefore necessary to refer to the legislation of the province in which one is doing business to ascertain the specific requirements applicable in that province.

Companies doing business in Canada should be aware that, in addition to e-commerce legislation, other federal and provincial laws, such as those relating to privacy, advertising, language and consumer protection, also apply to online businesses.

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