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Business Documents are part of what is called Contract Law. Contracts are a necessity when an individual decides to go into business, buy on credit, open a bank account, apply for a credit card, purchase a new vehicle, and engage in other forms of business transactions. The laws and by-laws of business should be well researched prior to signing a contract and knowledge of the regulations of business procedures in Canada is important. Terms and conditions are typically part of business contracts. A legal business document is a legal binding contract.

This link to business documents will take you to a website where you can obtain a number of documents related to various business matters.

Conditions for business contracts to be legally binding

  • Business DocumentsContracts must offer some service or purpose, or request some service or purpose
  • A repayment plan must be included if the contract involves lending or borrowing money for the sale or purchase of an item
  • Terms and conditions of the contract must be set out at the beginning, before the contract is signed, for the protection of all parties concerned
  • All identifiable parties involved have to agree and sign the contract.

There are many types of business documents and contracts for a multitude of purposes. It is wise to seek legal assistance when in doubt.

Locations to access documents and contracts, and pertinent information

  • Your local Chamber of Commerce deals with local businesses and their needs. It consists of local organizations whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community.
  • The Ministry of Consumer and Corporate Affairs has practical tools and information to help protect consumer interests.
  • Your local Court House can supply you with information regarding the appropriate business forms and documents of your interest, and assist you in completing them.
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers the following services to businesses and consumers:
    - Alerts provides breaking news to consumers on recent scams and marketplace issues.
    - Tips provides advice you can trust to become a savvier consumer.
    - Consumer Education is engaged in a continuous information program which involves speaking to civic groups, service clubs, and schools, often appearing on the internet, radio, and TV talk shows. It also distributes consumer pamphlets at trade/home shows and other public events.
  • Helpful Links – If the BBB is unable to assist you with your concerns, our goal is to refer you to an organization that can. BBB maintains a list of various trade organizations, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, and other helpful organizations.
  • Security Alerts – “Information containing specific information to help recipients determine if they have received a fraudulent email using the BBB name.” Quoted from the Canadian BBB online site.
  • On-line through different Government Offices – You can get most legal documents and government forms, with instructions on how to complete them, by directing your query to the related government office.

“A contract is a legally recognized agreement between two or more persons, giving rise to obligations that may be enforced in the courts.” G. Fridman, The Law of Contract in Canada 5 (4th ed. 1999).

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