Welcome to Fitness Industry Council of Canada
Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) represents the voice of fitness facility operators across Canada. Representing over 5,000 facilities with over 4 million members nationwide, FIC pursues a legislative agenda in the hope of bettering the fitness industry for both consumers and operators.How To Contribute
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The importance of consumer protection
Clear agreements are important for clients and your business
Signing up a new client is always a good thing. However, for fitness club operating in Ontario, make sure that your agreements comply with the province’s consumer protection laws before clients sign on the dotted line.
Consumer Protection Ontario (CPO), part of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, has a mandate to promote a fair, safe and informed marketplace. CPO also administers several consumer protection statutes including the Consumer Protection Act (CPA).
The CPA is broad marketplace legislation and regulates most consumer-to-business transactions in Ontario. The CPA prohibits unfair and unconscionable representations to consumers and sets out mandatory terms for certain types of agreements.
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The Canadian Fitness Industry’s Key Developments in 2014
David Hardy, President, Fitness Industry Council of Canada
2014 has been an important time for the Canadian fitness industry. After a five year battle we reached an agreement with Re:Sound for music licensing in fitness facilities that saved the Canadian fitness industry over $86 million per year. The Children’s Fitness Tax Credit was doubled (as promised), leading Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) to anticipate the announcement of an Adult Fitness Tax Credit in 2015. We advocated to celebrate an active lifestyle with the promotion of National Health and Fitness Day. We had the honour to host and present the first annual Canadian Fitness Industry Leadership Award posthumously to Henry Polessky, founder of Fitness World in Vancouver. And we monitored over 10,000 pieces of legislation, news articles and other publications on behalf of our industry.