Are you a new Canadian and thinking about franchise opportunities in Canada? Prepare for Canada, along with The Franchise X-Perts, can provide you with tools, resources, and information to help you understand the foundations of franchising. Our program, Franchising for New Canadians is intended to help newcomers learn the essentials of franchising before making any big decision and commitment. Through our blogs, webinars, videos, and other resources, you’ll have access to leading experts in the franchise industry all at no cost to you. To help lay the foundation, here is a high level view of franchising in Canada.
If you’re thinking about self-employment options, there are three general options that are most likely suited to new Canadians:
- Start a new business from scratch
- Buy an existing business
- Own a franchise
Would you like to be your own boss?
Well, starting your own small business is a great way to start you on the road to being your own boss. And, any of these three options will help you to achieve that goal.
Have you considered franchising?
Franchising in Canada is an important and growing part of Canada’s economy and one of the many groups fueling this growth are new Canadians. If you’re a New Canadian eager to get into business for yourself, you may want to explore franchising as a less risky path to being your own boss.
Over the past nine years, Prepare for Canada has built a large domestic community of highly qualified and motivated newcomers to Canada. Recent research conducted by Prepare For Canada identified, among other things, that:
What is a Franchise?
A franchise is a type of business that is owned and operated by individuals (franchisees) but, with the support and guidance of a larger organization (franchisor). It is a legal agreement between two parties where:
- The franchisor allows a person or a group of people, the right to sell a product or service using the trademark or trade name of their brand
- The franchisee is given the right to use the franchisor’s marketing, business tools, and knowledge.
Based on this Franchise Agreement, the franchisee pays the franchisor for these rights, and the franchisor provides the trade name rights and support.
What is a Franchise Category?
Many stores and restaurants that you see every day are franchises. While many of the well-known franchises such as McDonald’s; Subway; and 7-11, dominate the franchise landscape there are thousands of franchises of different sizes and types.
People often think of fast food when it comes to franchising however, there are many more categories to choose from based on your interests and experience.
Here are just a few examples of franchise categories:
As you can see, there are many different categories for you to choose from.
Why does Franchising in Canada Make Sense?
Franchises have a higher rate of success than start-up businesses. It is estimated that of all the franchises opened in Canada within the last 5 years, 86% are under the same ownership and 97% are still in business. Conversely, Statistics Canada reports that 75% of all small business startups fail in the first 18 months.
Franchising in Canada makes sense! The franchise industry has seen double-digit growth in the past few years, with the number of new franchise brands and outlets increasing steadily. Roughly 4,300 new franchise outlets open in Canada each year.
There is a common phrase in franchising: “Be in business for yourself, but not by yourself”. This speaks to the level of support, training, and success you can achieve with a strong franchisor and brand. However, you still have to apply good management principles to achieve franchise success such as:
- informed decision-making
- hard work
- time and financial management
- customer service
Visit our Franchising for New Canadians Learning Center to view tools, resources, and information to help you make an informed franchising decision.