• Regulation of businesses in Canada through private litigation
  • December 5, 2006 | Authors: W. Michael G. Osborne; Kenneth A. Dekker
  • Law Firm: Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP - Toronto Office
  • The term "regulation" usually connotes regulation of private activities by government. In most sectors of the Canadian economy, businesses operate unhampered by sector-specific government regulation. Instead, they are subject to a variety of rules of general application. While many of these are enforced by government regulators (such as competition and environmental laws), court decisions arising from private litigation under the common law (in Quebec, the Civil Code), and statutory remedies that supplement the common law, are an essential and often overlooked component of the regulation of businesses in Canada.