Programs and Services
Franchise Systems & Franchise Support Service (FSS) Members
CFA provides a wide-range of programs and services for the franchising industry. Our mission is promoting growth in franchising while serving the interests of our members and stakeholders. Some of the member benefits listed below are available at a higher cost to non-members.
Gain your competitive advantage at this three-day annual program filled with learning and the latest resources to help your business model succeed.
Our annual National Convention is jam packed with content, keynote speakers, in-depth and informative concurrent sessions and over a dozen roundtable discussions, CEO invitation-only sessions and much more.
The CFA delivers leading-edge seminars on franchise best practices. These events are delivered nationally and regionally to ensure you have an opportunity to develop and grow your franchise acumen.
Franchisee Recruitment Opportunities
One of CFA’s great strengths is providing members with access to thousands of prospective franchisees.
As Canada’s best resource for franchising information, prospective franchisees rely on CFA to assist them with investigating what franchising can offer through our various events, products and publications.
Our tradeshows bring in thousands of attendees annually and our website receives over a 28,000 unique visitors a month, generating an average of 190 franchise requests per month. FranchiseCanada Magazine and Directory have a combined circulation of over 20,000. That’s a lot of prospective franchisees – your target market.
CFA Members receive considerable advertising and marketing discounts towards some of Canada’s finest publications, all-franchise tradeshows and the CFA website.
Explore the marketing opportunities with CFA and reach your target markets.
Award of Excellence
First awarded in 1992, the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Award of Excellence is presented annually as the ultimate prize in Canadian franchising.
The competition, open exclusively to CFA members, recognizes excellence in franchise operations. Winning systems must demonstrate a dedication to following the CFA’s “best practices”, including superior franchisee relations, teamwork and communication.
CFA Recognition Awards
These awards are given annually by the Canadian Franchise Association to pay tribute to individuals and franchise systems for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Canadian franchise community and for their commitment and contributions to philanthropic endeavours.
Sponsorship is an excellent opportunity to expand your involvement as a member. Your support of CFA events and educational programs allows us to produce high quality opportunities for you and your fellow industry colleagues.
One of the greatest advantages of CFA membership is networking and information sharing. We provide opportunities for members to share ideas, best practices, tools and resources through our various events and member directories. With franchise systems members ranging from mature to new franchise systems in virtually every industry, there are many opportunities to learn from other members for systems of all sizes.
Networking opportunities will reconnect you with your old friends and give the opportunity to meet new faces in the industry.
Volunteering on a CFA committee or council is a terrific way to get involved with the organization and network with other franchise industry professionals. The dedication and expertise of our volunteers helps to fulfill the mission and vision of the association.
The CFA stands for ethical franchising in Canada. Use of the CFA logo on members print and web materials tells potential and existing franchisees that they adhere to our Code of Ethics and follow our mandatory disclosure rules.
Advocacy & Government Relations
CFA is the national voice for Canadian franchising and works with all levels of government to ensure the development of industry-made solutions.
Legal & Legislative Updates
The CFA provides members with articles and updates on legal and legislative issues affecting the franchise industry from Canada’s top legal and business franchise professionals.
The FranchiseVoice is CFA’s official quarterly member newsletter committed to promoting excellence and growth in Canadian franchising and helping franchisors run their business more effectively and efficiently.
FranchiseCanada Magazine & Directory contain informative and engaging editorial from leading authorities in the industry and award-winning writers as well as countless tips on how to run a successful franchise.
The CFA is proud to produce the annual Franchise Support Services Member Directory, a valuable and convenient resource of over 100 listings of CFA Franchise Support Services (FSS) members across Canada. The directory is also available on our website.
In addition, we have a number of materials available to assist franchisors in becoming more knowledgeable about franchising.
The CFA Ombudsman service, facilitates the resolution of franchise complaints and problems; by discussing the issue(s) and facilitating possible solutions, and where appropriate suggest and refer unresolved complaints and problems to alternative methods of dispute resolution. Any franchisee or franchisor operating in Canada can contract the Ombudsman if they wish to discuss an issue or concern regarding a franchise relationship with a neutral, objective person. There is no charge for members of the CFA.