May/June 2023 Previous Issues Publisher's Message

Publisher’s Message: Building a Healthy Franchise Business

The Canadian franchise industry continues to grow, despite a challenging economic climate, and is expected to contribute $117 billion to the national GDP by the end of 2023, up from $100 billion in 2019. Behind this success are the franchisees who are operating their own local businesses with the support and systems of strong franchise brands behind them. These franchisees are creating valuable community connections and offering products and services that resonate with their consumer base.

One category that continues to adapt to meet consumer demand is the health and wellness category. Despite setbacks in recent years, this category continues to have an enduring impact on the lives of Canadians, as people across all generations remain focused on their health. This Health & Wellness issue highlights the franchise brands that are offering a wide array of healthy opportunities to help customers look and feel their best, both inside and out.

As more Canadians invest in preventative care for their mental and physical health, the cover story feature showcases four franchises fuelling Canadians’ healthy habits so they can continue to feel great in the years to come. Offering a range of unique services, including massage, esthetics, acupuncture, services to help manage chronic health conditions, and more, these brands are helping their clients lead more healthy and balanced lives.

We also introduce you to fitness franchises with unique approaches to keeping Canadians moving. From group yoga workouts and a boxing/kickboxing circuit designed for women, to a nine-station kickboxing fitness workout and outdoor fitness programs, we highlight the range of opportunities available in the fitness sector.

There are also many franchises that cater to our youngest generation, helping to set children up for a healthy future. We profile four franchises that are helping parents keep their children active, fed, and healthy, from lice removal services and providing healthy lunches to a multi-sport program and swim school.

For many Canadians, looking better helps them to feel better, which is where beauty, salon, and spa franchises come in. We take you on a tour of franchises across the country that are providing a wide range of services, from facials and skin treatments to haircutting, waxing, and much more.

If you’re looking for a healthy dose of inspiration from those who started out where you are today and are now thriving, then look no further than the franchisee success stories in this issue. We also peek behind the curtain as Stagecoach Performing Arts franchisee Cadence Allen Crawley shares how franchising with the
brand allows her to incorporate her love for performing into a flexible and fulfilling career. We introduce you to B-Protek franchisee Josh Huard, who used his passion for tackling technical challenges to build a successful floor sealing franchise in Sarnia, Ontario. You can learn from young New Creations franchisee Tyler Dittrich, who’s growing his repair and restoration services franchise through a strong focus on customer service.

Beyond the insights and opportunities outlined in the issue, you can find additional resources on FranchiseCanada.Online, including expert advice, industry news, exclusive content, podcast episodes, educational videos, and more. You can also learn more about our Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) brands through the online directory, where you can search franchise listings by industry, investment level, and more. And don’t forget to sign up for Franchise Canada E-News for franchise updates delivered right to your inbox, and follow the CFA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok.

If you want to launch a healthy career in franchising, this Health & Wellness issue is a great place to start. As Canadians continue to focus on their health, there are enduring opportunities to join a franchise that helps connect your community members with the services they need to look and feel their best. Regardless of whether you’re focusing on the health and wellness space, or one of the many other franchise categories, we hope that you use our Franchise Canada resources to help make your fresh franchising start a reality.