About the Canadian Franchise Association

The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) was founded in 1967 by a small group of franchisors who recognized the need for a national organization committed to the growth, enhancement and development of franchising across the country. Over 40 years later, CFA – a not-for-profit national trade association – represents almost 500 franchise systems and the professionals who support the industry. 

As the national voice for franchising in Canada, CFA promotes excellence in franchising and works with all levels of government to ensure the development of industry-made solutions. Recognized as a leading national trade association in the field, CFA educates Canadians about franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence through its many events, programs and publications. 
By joining us at this site, you are likely considering purchasing a franchise business. Maybe you are just testing the water or trying to learn more about the franchise industry.

We always emphasize that franchisees are in fact buying a business. The buyer, however, must always remember that there are risks involved. But, they can be reduced if the proper homework is done.


Consulting the CFA and our members is where your investigation should begin.

CFA represents many of Canada's best known brands and the expert professionals who support their way of doing business. Our Board of Directors represents all regions of the country and promotes a strong code of ethics as well as the mandatory use of the CFA disclosure document guide. In signing on as a CFA member, a company agrees to give potential franchisees all the information they require to make a viable business decision.

Buying a franchise is a major decision. The commitment in capital and time is significant. You need to think through the process carefully, starting with an assessment of yourself and your motivations. Read as much as you can on the subject and remember to deal with professionals who make franchising their livelihood.

Call the CFA from anywhere in Canada at 1-800-665-4232 or e-mail us to inquire if the company you are considering is a member. Visit our online directory where you can browse through CFA member franchise systems and franchise support services. Browse through our website for helpful resources and information. Keep informed on our upcoming franchise shows, seminars and services.