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Canada’s Anti-Spam Law: What Your Canadian Business Has to Do to Comply
There are strict new rules (and penalties) for businesses that send electronic messages. Here’s what your business needs to know about Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation.

Are You an Independent Contractor or an Employee?
Are you an independent contractor or an employee? Theres a big difference when it comes to taxes. This article explains the four-point test the Canada Revenue Agency uses to determine whether a worker is a contractor or an employee and what you can do to clarify your independent contractor status.

Credit Card Transaction Fees Rising for Canadian Small Business - Again
Tired of being forced to pay ever higher credit card transaction fees? Learn what's being done about the problem and how your small business can fight back here.

Sample Contract for Consulting Services
This sample contract for consulting services defines the legal relationship between one company providing consulting services to another. Feel free to adapt it to your contract needs and use it.

Buyout Agreement
What is a Buyout Agreement and how does a Buyout Agreement benefit a small business? This Buyout Agreement definition explains.

Bankruptcy in Canada - The Bankruptcy Process
This article about bankruptcy in Canada explains the bankruptcy process, from how to initiate bankruptcy through what you have to do to obtain an absolute discharge and be released from the legal obligation to pay your unsecured debts.

How to Avoid Bankruptcy in Canada & Save Your Small Business
Are cash flow problems making it impossible for you to make ends meet and your business to function? Bankruptcy is not your only option. In Canada, you may be able to avoid bankruptcy and save your business by filing a Division 1 Proposal. Here's how it works.

Bankruptcy
What is bankruptcy? How is bankruptcy defined in Canada? This bankruptcy definition explains.

Doing Credit Checks Can Really Pay Off
Doing a credit check on a customer before you extend credit can save you money and buy you peace of mind. And the best credit check is an accurate credit report. Learn how and where to get credit reports in Canada.

Credit Card Fraud
The first step in credit card fraud prevention is knowing what types of credit card fraud exist. This credit card fraud definition explains.

Credit Card Fraud Behavior Tip-Offs
Brick-and-mortar businesses are in the front line of the credit card fraud battle. One way that your business can help prevent credit card fraud is by ensuring that all your staff are aware of these suspicious behaviors that may indicate someone's about to try paying for a purchase with a counterfeit or stolen credit card.

Steps to Prevent Credit Card Fraud
Whether you have a brick-and-mortar business or an online one, credit card fraud is costing you money. This credit card fraud prevention checklist explains what your business can do to prevent credit card fraud, whether you’re dealing with credit card customers face-to-face, over the phone, or through the Internet.

Identity Theft Prevention Guide for Your Small Business
What can your business do to prevent identity theft and protect your customers' information? Follow the ten simple steps laid out in this Identity Theft Prevention Guide.

Intellectual Property
What is intellectual property? This definition of intellectual property includes an explanation of the six types of intellectual property.

Copyright
What is copyright? This definition of copyright includes information on copyright registration and a comparison of copyright with other intellectual property rights.

Patent
This definition of patent includes a brief explanation of what can be patented and how long patents last in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Copyright in Canada & Copyright Protection
Things that you create, such as artistic, musical, and literary works are intellectual property and protected by copyright. But what rights does copyright give you and how can you protect your copyright? Heres a copyright in Canada primer to answer your questions about copyright protection.

How to Get a Patent in Canada
When you invent a process or a product that you feel is worthwhile, you'll want to get a patent for it. Otherwise, your rights to the invention are not protected. This article explains how to get a patent in Canada.

Trademark Registration in Canada
The ins and outs of trademark registration in Canada, including what you can trademark in Canada, the trademark application procedure and how much trademark registration costs.

The Privacy Act (PIPEDA) and Your Small Business
As of January 1, 2004, all businesses in Canada must comply with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Here's what your small business needs to know about complying with the Privacy Act.

Social Host Liability and Your Holiday Business Party
Having a business party? If your guests drink and then injure themselves or others, you could be held responsible. Here's an outline of your potential liability as a business party host, in light of two Canadian social host liability cases.

UPC Bar Code - Universal Product Code
An explanation of what a UPC (Universal Product Code) is, how to get a bar code in Canada, and information on the Sunrise 2005 UPC barcode changes (effective January 1, 2005).

Website Content Theft
Website content theft is increasing all the time. Janice Byer explains what you can do about this kind of copyright infringement and presents ways of preventing website content theft.

Guide To The Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act
This guide from Industry Canada explains the packaging and labeling requirements for prepackaged non-food consumer products, including the rules for bilingual labelling.

Labelling Assessment Tools
Information on consumer packaging and labelling, environmental labelling, precious metals marking, textiles labelling, and down and feather labelling from the Competition Bureau.

McCarthy Tétrault Law Firm
This full service Canadian law firm offers a searchable, online law library covering topics such as business disputes, environmental law, intellectual property, tax, and trade law. They also produce the Doing Business in Canada Guide.

Misleading Advertising and Labelling Guidelines
This explanation of the Misleading Representations and Deceptive Marketing Practices Provisions of the Competition Act includes advertising dos and don'ts and information on how to make a complaint.

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