Canadian Business Law
Canadian Business Law

Canadian Business Law

Lead Author(s): Tamra Alexander, Pat Papadeas

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Canadian Business Law provides a comprehensive overview of business law through a legal risk management perspective.

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(3rd edition, 2018)

Up to 40-60% more affordable

Lifetime access on any device

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(7th edition, 2019)

$109.95

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$66.95

eBook (6 months)
$93.95 (12 months)
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$147.95 (24 months)

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(2017)

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$109.95

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Pearson

The Law & Business Administration in Canada
(15th edition, 2020)

$157.40

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$104.22 (loose-leaf)

Pearson

Business Law in Canada
(12th edition, 2020)

$165.35

Print (loose-leaf)

$104.20

eBook (6 months)
$138.95 (Lifetime access)

Up-to-date content

Revised and updated with the latest content

Edmond/Top Hat

Canadian Business Law
(3rd edition, 2018)

Nelson

Canadian Law: An Introduction
(7th edition, 2019)

McGraw

Canadian Business Law Today
(2017)

Pearson

The Law & Business Administration in Canada
(15th edition, 2020)

Pearson

Business Law in Canada
(12th edition, 2020)

In-book Interactivity

Includes embedded multi-media files and integrated software to enhance visual presentation of concepts directly in textbook

Edmond/Top Hat

Canadian Business Law
(3rd edition, 2018)

Nelson

Canadian Law: An Introduction
(7th edition, 2019)

McGraw

Canadian Business Law Today
(2017)

Pearson

The Law & Business Administration in Canada
(15th edition, 2020)

Pearson

Business Law in Canada
(12th edition, 2020)

Customizable

Ability to revise, adjust and adapt content to meet needs of course and instructor

Edmond/Top Hat

Canadian Business Law
(3rd edition, 2018)

Nelson

Canadian Law: An Introduction
(7th edition, 2019)

McGraw

Canadian Business Law Today
(2017)

Pearson

The Law & Business Administration in Canada
(15th edition, 2020)

Pearson

Business Law in Canada
(12th edition, 2020)

Built-in Interactive Assessment Questions

Assessment questions with feedback embedded throughout textbook

Edmond/Top Hat

Canadian Business Law
(3rd edition, 2018)

Nelson

Canadian Law: An Introduction
(7th edition, 2019)

McGraw

Canadian Business Law Today
(2017)

Pearson

The Law & Business Administration in Canada
(15th edition, 2020)

Pearson

Business Law in Canada
(12th edition, 2020)

All-in-one Platform

Access to additional questions, test banks, and slides available within one platform

Edmond/Top Hat

Canadian Business Law
(3rd edition, 2018)

Nelson

Canadian Law: An Introduction
(7th edition, 2019)

McGraw

Canadian Business Law Today
(2017)

Pearson

The Law & Business Administration in Canada
(15th edition, 2020)

Pearson

Business Law in Canada
(12th edition, 2020)

About this textbook

Textbook Details

This textbook is a substantial overview of business law through a legal risk management perspective. Readers will gain a working knowledge of key concepts across multiple areas of law, including torts, contracts, consumer protection, employment, property, debtor-creditor, and more. It is the most current post-secondary book of its kind on the market, including recent statistics, legislation, legal cases, and examples available.


Lead Author

Tamra Alexander, LL.MMcGill University

Prior to teaching, Professor Tamra Alexander was a competition law and international trade law lawyer who practiced with Stikeman Elliott in their Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa offices. She has a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Toronto in International Relations and Economics and an LL.B., also from U of T. She has a Master of Law from McGill University. She has represented clients before appellate courts, federal tribunals, and binational panels constituted under NAFTA. While at Stikeman Elliott, she was seconded as counsel to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal for a period of 16 months. She has been teaching since 2006 and has taught at the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick, the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, and at the Pembroke and Woodroffe campuses of Algonquin College. Tamra has published in the areas of competition law, international trade law, legal ethics, and teaching and learning pedagogy.

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Canadian business law / Tamra Alexander [and five others]. Third edition. 

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Revision of Canadian business law. 2nd ed. Toronto : Emond Montgomery Publications, 2012.
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Preface

There are several Canadian business law texts available, each with its merits. So when planning began for this third edition of Canadian Business Law, the authors and publisher had to seriously consider what would make this text an appealing option for instructors. After gathering extensive feedback from professors and listening carefully to their concerns, it was clear that for many, the right business law text had not yet been written. They are looking for a student-friendly text with a risk-management emphasis that covers core subjects well and has a clear focus on business applications. Perhaps most importantly, they are looking for a resource that provides introductory level students with what they most need: thorough, practical coverage of the core content that these courses require—particularly at the college level—while avoiding excessive detail or unnecessary legal complexity that can bog students down. 

We believe that this third edition has achieved that goal, by building on the strengths of the second edition, refining and streamlining that content while adding relevant updates and pedagogy. There are several important features, retained from the second edition, that make Canadian Business Law an indispensable resource both in the classroom and beyond. It allows students to: 

  • quickly review the material covered in each chapter, and prepare for tests and exams, using helpful chapter summaries and exercises. 
  • reinforce critical business lessons through “Case in Point” features. 
  • apply what they have learned to real-world business scenarios using the “Apply Your Knowledge” material at the end of each chapter.

Key Features and Structure of the Third Edition

While the core content of the second edition remains largely intact, this third edition features some important revisions and new features, most notably: 

  • a new, recurring case-study, focussing upon a small, fictional start-up (Val-Nam Generation Limited), that evolves over the 11 chapters of the book, addressing different aspects of business law as the company grows and faces new challenges. 
  • a new chapter examining many central business considerations that have emerged in the 21st century: Intellectual Property and Business Law in the Digital Age. 
  • a new presentation of contract law material; the lengthy chapter in the second edition has now been divided into two shorter, more focused chapters. 
  • an increased emphasis on a risk management perspective 
  • streamlined coverage of certain legal matters, with excessive details removed. 
  • more visual appeal, photos, and graphics.

The book’s structure has also been revamped from 9 to 11 chapters, meaning that it now maps better to a typical one-semester course, while remaining relatively concise. The order of material has also been fine-tuned, to create a smoother and more logical flow: 

Chapter 1, renamed Foundations of Business Law in Canada, retains a focus on laws, lawmakers, and the sources of law, providing a valuable introduction to Canada’s legal system and the key legal aspects of business, as well as introducing the concept of legal risk management. 

Chapter 2, Resolving Disputes and Navigating Canada’s Court System, describes the court system and legal processes, and explores the value of various forms of alternative dispute resolution to businesses.

Chapter 3, Tort Law, explains the legal risks associated with negligence and other types of harms that can result from business activity, and addresses various ways to protect one’s business. 

Chapter 4, Understanding Contracts, provides a basic understanding of the elements of a legal contract, noting pitfalls to avoid and potential legal risks. 

Chapter 5, Working with Contracts, builds on the previous chapter while addressing the most common types of issues that arise from business agreements, and discusses how to handle various legal scenarios and mitigate risks. 

Chapter 6, Facilitating Business, Protecting Consumers, and Safeguarding the Marketplace, expands on the scope of coverage in the second edition. It not only discusses how businesses comply with consumer protection legislation such as the Sale of Goods Act, the Consumer Protection Act, and the Competition Act, but also explains the role of key federal and provincial statutes. 

Chapter 7, Forms of Carrying On Business, explains the advantages and disadvan- tages of the different types of business organizations, such as sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation. 

Chapter 8, Banking, Financing, and Debtor–Creditor Law, explains the legal aspects of financing a business and debt collection. 

Chapter 9, Workplace Law, introduces the many laws governing the employment relationship, including union and non-union workplaces, and with particular attention given to issues such as equity, privacy, and wrongful dismissal. 

Chapter 10, Property Law, focuses on personal property and real property, examining a company’s various rights and obligations in both owning and being in possession of property, and describing how businesses can protect their legal interests. 

Chapter 11, Intellectual Property and Business Law in the Digital Age, picks up where the previous chapter left off, presenting the legal issues and business consider- ations of contemporary businesses, including protecting trademarks, copyrights and patents, avoiding infringements, safeguarding confidential business information, and complying with new regulations dealing with customer information and privacy. 

Acknowledgments 

We authors, along with the publisher, wish to thank the following people who provided their constructive feedback and suggestions during the development stages of this revised text and its supplemental teaching materials: Peter Bowal, University of Calgary; Mike Bozzo, Mohawk College; Audel Cunningham, Humber College; Richard Gasparini, Seneca College; Christine Gigler, Sheridan College; David Hughes, Thompson Rivers University; Peter Inkpen, College of the North Atlantic; Kristine Jeffels, Bow Valley College; Ilias Kiritsis, Barrister and Solicitor; Tammy Kiss, College of the Rockies; Greg Libitz, St. Lawrence College/Queen’s University; Susan Lieberman, Humber College; Eric Pelot, Algonquin College; Dan Shear, University of Toronto; Elaine Smith, Humber College; Bruce Stewart, IBT College; and Deirdre Way, Loyalist College. 

The text is greatly enhanced by the contributions of Nora Rock, Camilla Wheeler, Laurence Olivo, and Kathryn Filsinger. Their collective expertise is a strength maintained from the second edition. We wish to thank them for their continued collaboration. We would also like to express our appreciation to the team at Emond Publishing that continually encouraged us and kept us on task—thanks to Mike Thompson, Kelly Dickson, Sarah Fulton May, Alison Jacques, and Laura Bast. Thanks also to Margaret Buchan and Dionne Coley for their contributions to earlier editions. 

Finally, thank you to our students who inspire us to continue to develop better resources, our colleagues who share new ideas and approaches, and our families who support us through it all. 

                                                                                                                                           Tamra Alexander, Algonquin College
                                                                                                                                          Pat Papadeas, St. Clair College 

For Instructors 

A full package of supplemental teaching materials is available to any instructor who has adopted this text for his or her course. These include an expanded test bank; PowerPoint presentations; instructor’s guide with answers to end-of-chapter questions and exercises; and an expanded offering of “Apply Your Knowledge” business scenario questions, in addition to those in each chapter, that appear only in the teaching supplements, thereby allowing instructors to present and challenge their students with fresh, unseen scenarios. 

For more information and additional teaching resources, including live links to the “Dig Deeper” material that is highlighted in the margins of selected passages in the text, please visit the accompanying website for this book at www.emond.ca/cbl3 or contact your Emond Publishing representative.