The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising are the pinnacle of franchise achievement in Canada. These awards recognize excellence in franchise operations and winning franchise systems must demonstrate a dedication to superior franchisee relations, leadership, business planning, marketing, training and support, ongoing operations and communications.

To reflect the wide range of franchise opportunities in Canada and to enable franchise systems to be rated against their peers in their class, the Awards of Excellence include seven categories.

Entries are separated into Traditional Franchises (i.e. those with bricks and mortar locations) and Non-Traditional Franchises (i.e. mobile, home-based, etc.), then grouped based on number of franchisees.

Systems with the highest scores in each category are recognized with Bronze, Silver and Gold CFA Awards of Excellence. The prestigious CFA Award of Excellence in Franchising Grand Prize is given to a Gold winner in the Traditional category and a Gold winner in the Non-Traditional category.

Below are the 2018 winners of the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising competition. They represent the range and diversity of franchising and have demonstrated the strongest, most mutually-rewarding relationships with franchisees amongst participants in the awards program.

Grand Prize Winner – Traditional Franchise

Symposium Cafe

Grand Prize Winner – Non-Traditional Franchise

Little Kickers

Traditional Franchises – 6-15 Franchisees


Inspiration Learning Center


Traditional Franchises – 16-29 Franchisees

Symposium Café

Scholars Education Centre

White Spot Restaurants

Traditional Franchises – 30-99 Franchisees

Triple O’s

UCMAS Mental Math Schools

Speedpro Signs

Wendy’s Restaurants of Canada Inc.

Traditional Franchises – 100+ Franchisees

Pizza Nova

A&W Food Services of Canada

Boston Pizza International Inc.

Non-Traditional Franchises – 6-15 Franchisees

Wise Cracks

Par-T-Perfect Party Planners

Heart to Home Meals

Non-Traditional Franchises – 16-29 Franchisees

Little Kickers

Restoration 1


Non-Traditional Franchises – 30+ Franchisees

Paul Davis Restoration Inc.

Alair Homes

Home Instead Senior Care