Regulatory compliance is a key success in in the Canadian market. Whether your firm is based in Canada are looking to do business in Canada market, you must be aware of, and comply with the many federal and provincial regulations that govern business operations. A business that operates outside these regulatory rules, even if unintentionally, risks incurring large fines, other penalties, increased scrutiny, and damage to corporate reputation.

At Woods LaFortune LLP, we work with clients to ensure their operations complies with regulatory requirements. Our clients rely on our understanding of the applicable rules and processes and our years of “in government” experience.

Woods, LaFortune LLP lawyers are experienced in working with client to resolve a range of advertising, marketing, transactional and regulatory issues. We have a long record of success in all types of industries, including consumer and other product manufacturers, retailers, as well as heavily regulated industries such as agriculture and food, alcoholic beverages, drug, medical device, health product, clothing and chemical and hazardous products. We provide advice on all aspects of product regulation in Canada, including standards, packaging and labelling, importing and exporting issues, interprovincial movement of goods and transportation matters. We also have experience dealing with departments and agencies such as Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Agriculture Canada, Industry Canada, Justice Canada, Finance Canada, Health Canada, Transport Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and numerous provincial agencies including the Provincial Liquor Boards.

In addition to the trade and investment agreements listed in our other practice areas, Woods, LaFortune LLP has expert knowledge of:

  • Custom Act and Regulations
  • Income Tax Act
  • Investment Canada Act and Regulations
  • Special Export Measures Act (SEMA)
  • Freezing Assets of Foreign Corrupt Officials Act (FAFCOA)
  • Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act (FEMA)
  • Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations
  • Food and Drugs Act and Regulations
  • Hazardous Products Act and Regulations
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
  • Pest Control Products Act (PCPA)
  • Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act
  • Provincial Liquor Board Regulations

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of Canadian regulations, please contact Gordon LaFortune at (613) 424-3921 or by e-mail at or Michael Woods at (613) 355-0382 or by e-mail at for a no fee, no obligation consultation.