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We are shocked and devastated by the senseless crime motivated by hatred and racism that was committed in our community on June 6. We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed, and wish a full recovery to the surviving young boy who remains in hospital. We stand in solidarity with our Muslim partners, colleagues, clients, friends, and neighbours in rejecting Islamophobia in all forms, and demanding better for our community. Hatred has no place here. It diminishes every one of us. Each of us shares the responsibility for putting an end to it. We recognize that as members of the legal profession, our share of that responsibility is heightened. This unspeakable crime strikes at the very core of the Muslim community’s sense of security and will have a lasting impact. Although this tragedy can never be undone, we believe the goodness in our city will prevail. We commit to be better for each other, to demand better from each other and to share love, kindness and tolerance with one another. We must stand together to build a safer, more inclusive community for all.

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Siskinds is one of a very few firms in Canada with experience in the area of direct sales, multi-level and network marketing (“MLM”). MLM is a significant segment of the Canadian economy, and involves the distribution and sale of a wide range of products. MLM may be subject to pyramid selling or business opportunities laws in the United States, but is generally exempt from regulation under the franchise legislation. In Canada, MLM systems are subject to regulation federally under the Canadian Competition Act. Our group has experience with the legislative, common law and regulatory issues facing direct sellers and multi-level marketers.

We assist new and established MLMs in reviewing and writing documentation for the distributor, including sales kit materials, distributor agreements, and policies and procedures. Siskinds advises MLM companies on a wide range of legal matters, including licensing and bonding, registration (including specifically any mandatory filings by non-residents), pricing and competition restrictions, advertising and promotion review, distributor relations and disputes, sales tax or nexus-related issues, independent contractor issues, including unemployment classification, specific contractual requirements, statutory cancellation periods, labelling and packaging requirements, language requirements, trademarks, negative option selling, foreign expansion and other important issues.

To learn more about expanding your multi-level marketing plan to Canada read our blog post here.

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