The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is the recognized authority on franchising in Canada. With 600 corporate members representing many of Canada’s best-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. 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 umbrella organization committed to the growth, enhancement and development of excellence in franchising in Canada. CFA members include some of Canada’s best-known franchise systems, including McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, and Canadian Tire. CFA’s wealth of knowledge flows, in part, from its prominent role in the nation’s business community. 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.