In Canada, 22 million restaurant visits are made every day across the country, and many of these visits are made to Canada’s more than 75,000 food service franchise units. It’s a fact: Canadians love to dine with the franchise model. More Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) members are involved in the food service industry than any other sector, and with good reason. The food service sector makes up a significant portion of the franchise industry’s total growth, and continues to thrive.
The quick service restaurant (QSR) segment is attracting an increasing number of Canadians who are looking to grab a quick meal on the go – according to a 2018 IBISWorld report, QSRs are a $26 billion industry in Canada, with annual growth of 4.1 per cent between 2013 and 2018. Restaurants Canada also projects that QSR will continue to be the largest segment in the Canadian food industry in 2022 (Restaurants Canada Q1 2019 Restaurant Outlook Survey).
This special section takes a closer look at the quick service restaurant sector, highlighting the factors that have made these convenience-focused restaurants a popular choice for guests. It will also introduce some of the QSR franchise systems that are serving up appetizing opportunities for franchisees from coast to coast.