The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is the recognized authority on franchising in Canada. With over 600 corporate members representing many of Canada’s best- and lesser-known brands and 40,000 franchisees nation-wide, CFA is the indispensable resource for the franchise community and advocates on behalf of franchisors and franchisees in Canada to enhance and protect the franchise business model. CFA promotes excellence in franchising and educates Canadians about franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence through its many events, programs, publications, and websites (, and

To help everyday Canadians realize the dream of building their own business.

MISSION: To amplify the understanding and power of franchising in Canada by:

  • Advocating on the issues that impact this dream
  • Connecting people with opportunity
  • Delivering learning opportunities that make franchising stronger

As the only national trade association serving the franchise industry, the CFA is a one-stop resource for franchisors, franchisees, and anyone considering new business opportunities in the franchise sector. CFA was founded in 1967 by a group of franchisors who saw a need for a national organization committed to the growth, enhancement, and development of excellence in franchising in Canada. CFA’s wealth of knowledge flows, in part, from its prominent role in the nation’s business community. CFA members represent more than 40,000 business outlets across the country. As a whole, the franchise industry employs well over a million people. About half of these employees work under the banners of over 400 CFA member franchise systems.

CFA produces the annual FranchiseCanada Directory, and FranchiseCanada magazine, considered the country’s most trusted franchise resources. The bimonthly magazine is sold at CFA tradeshows and events, on newsstands and through subscription. The Association also offers Canada’s only tradeshows that exclusively feature franchise systems. Promoted as The Franchise Show, this event features some of the biggest names in franchising and is held in major cities across the country.