A partnership is “…persons carrying on a business in common with a view to profit”. We have a previous blog post on the main characteristics of partnerships in Ontario.

Here are the main consequences of operating a partnership in Ontario.

The chief consequence is that each partner is liable to the full extent of her personal assets for debts and other liabilities of the partnership, as provided in the Partnerships Act.

Another main consequence is that, absent any agreement to the contrary, the continued existence of the partnership depends on the continuing participation of the partners who make it up. Yet another consequence is that a partner may not be an employee of the partnership business. Further, except in certain circumstances, a partner cannot also be a creditor of the partnership.

So, as we can see, in many ways a partnership is simply an amalgam of individual people working together for a common goal.

However, there are certain situations in which the partnership is treated as a distinct entity.

Practically, this means that a partner, absent stipulations under a partnership agreement, might have unlimited liability for the debts & liabilities of the partnership. The theory goes that, in accepting a commitment on behalf of the partnership, a third party should be able to rely on the personal creditworthiness of each person who is, or who appears to be, carrying on business.

RPL LLP’s lawyers advise on how to structure, operate and dissolve a partnership. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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