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Are you new to Canada?

Are you a new Canadian and thinking of franchising in Canada? Prepare for Canada, along with  The Franchise X-Perts, are excited to introduce our new initiative Franchising for New Canadians. We’ll provide you with the tools and resources to help you understand the foundations of franchising.

This initiative is intended to help newcomers better understand what self-employed business options are available to them in Canada.

There are three generally accepted options most likely suited to new Canadians:

  1. Start a new business from scratch
  2. Buy an existing business
  3. Own a franchise


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Would you like to be your own boss?

Well, starting your own small business is certainly 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 definitely 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 much less risky path to being your own boss.  

Over the past eight 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:  


  • Over 20% of our newcomer community would like to start their own small business
  • Almost 80% of those are interested in franchising as their preferred route to start a small business


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 independent 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 the brand (franchisor)
  • The franchisee is given the right to use the franchisor’s marketing, business tools, and knowledge.

Based on this Franchise Agreement, the franchisee must pay the franchisor for these rights and the franchisor must provide the trade name rights and support.

Franchise Agreement Contract



What is a Franchise Category?

Many stores and restaurants that you see every day are franchises, and 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:

Franchise Categories Example

As you can see, there are many different categories for you to choose from. 


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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

If you’re interested in exploring franchising as a business opportunity, we want to provide you with tools, resources, and information to help you make an informed decision. Whatever decision you make, our Franchising for New Canadians program can provide you with the important information you’ll need to decide if franchising is right for you.