Fashion Advocacy: The Ontario Government Should Support and Fund the Fashion Industry

We wish to draw your attention to an important issue that is occurring right now that affects the fashion industry and ask for your support.

In 2014-2015, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport invested approximately $800 million into the province’s cultural industries. To date, the fashion industry has been ineligible to receive any of this funding on the basis that it does not qualify as culture or arts.

Ashlee Froese, a fashion lawyer who is a Bay Street partner, co-chair of FGI, and a mentor with TFI and CAFA, is filing submissions to the Government of Ontario advocating that fashion should be eligible for government funding. A number of entities and individuals have officially endorsed her submission, including the Toronto Fashion Incubator, Fashion Group International, the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, Lisa Tant, Jeanne Beker, Stylist Box, Sue Roadburg, David Dixon, Suzanne Rogers, Deirdre Kelly, Paul Mason, Robert Ott, Sabrina Maddeaux, Ryerson Fashion Zone, Mikael D, Novella Magazine, Toronto Men’s Fashion Week.

We believe that mass support from within the fashion community will help get the fashion industry noticed.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with Ashlee’s submissions, which can be accessed here: Ontario Culture Consultation.

If you support this position, please sign the petition which can be accessed here.  The deadline is December 7, 2015.

This submission has been endorsed by the Toronto Fashion Incubator, Fashion Group International, the Canadian Arts and Fashion Fund, Lisa Tant, Jeanne Beker, Suzanne Rogers, David Dixon, Paul Mason, Sue Roadburg, Dierdre Kelly and Stylist Box.

Together we can make this happen, together we will make this happen!

Thank you.

DHL’s “Exported Program” Gives Designers International Opportunities

Sometimes CanadaFashionLaw gets so excited about information it gains that will help out designers that we just can’t keep it to ourselves!

Allow us to introduce you to the “DHL Exported Program”, which arose out of a collaboration between DHL and IMG.

Created in 2014, the purpose of the program is to assist emerging designers, who have had traction domestically, to launch their brand globally.

The Program is eligible to designers worldwide who wish to participate in a fashion show in one of four key markets: the US, the UK, Italy and Japan.

The winner will receive assistance in creating its export development strategy, marketing and public relations support and sourcing and shipping fabrics/supplies. Of course, the real carrot is for the designer to be included in a runway show in New York, London, Milan or Toyko. In addition, the designer will be provided with an on-site stand for buyers, media and attendees to place orders for the runway pieces. An on-line portal will also be created to facilitate international purchases.

Canada’s own, Sid Neigum, was the winner in the second cycle and will be showing in London.

If you’re interested in more information, go to for details.

CanadaFashionLaw Moves to Fogler Rubinoff

It is with great excitement that we announce that CanadaFashionLaw has moved firms and has joined Fogler Rubinoff as a partner, where she will continue to practice branding and fashion law.

If you want to get the lowdown on Fogler Rubinoff, check out its website here.

A little strapped for time?  Here’s the skinny on the new firm…it’s a full service, mid-sized firm based in Toronto and Ottawa.  What does this mean?  Basically it means that whatever your legal issue, we’ve got you covered: intellectual property, corporate, commercial, tax, labour/employment, litigation, wills, estates…we can service your business from cradle to grave.  And you know the best thing, the firm has free homemade cookies available everyday!!!!!!

If you’d like to come check out CanadaFashionLaw‘s new digs or come talk all things fashion over a delicious cookie, feel free to reach out at

Looking forward to hearing from you!