July/August 2021 Publisher's Message

Publisher’s Message: Holistic Help for Canadians in Challenging Times

As we approach the summer of 2021, Canadians have now been living in the throes of a global pandemic for more than a year. While this has taken a major toll on Canadian businesses, the closures and stay-at-home orders have also had a significant impact on the physical, mental, and social health of all Canadians as we respond to unprecedented stressors and situations.

Prioritizing our health has perhaps never been more important than it is now, and there are many Canadian franchises that have stepped up throughout the pandemic to ensure Canadians have access to the services they need to maintain their holistic health.

This Health & Wellness Issue highlights the important role that these franchises play in helping Canadians to prioritize self care so they can lead balanced and healthy lives. As vaccination rates increase and we emerge from the third wave of the pandemic, these brands will remain an asset from coast to coast. This makes these franchises an attractive option for those not only looking to open their own business through franchising, but also make a positive impact on those in their community.

Our cover story showcases health and wellness franchisees that are providing a wide range of services that have helped Canadians over the past year and a half, whether it’s helping clients unwind through services like massage, reflexology, acupuncture, and chiropractic care, or providing nutrition or supervised exercise/healthy lifestyle coaching.

Fitness is another integral part of holistic health. While many Canadians have continued to access fitness services from home, we can also expect an increased demand for these services once they can safely continue in facilities across the country. We feature five fitness franchises that have adapted to maintain operations over the past months, and look forward to reopening their facilities.

Nutrition goes hand-in-hand with living an active lifestyle and we introduce you to three food franchises that are serving Canadians healthy breakfast, brunch, lunch, and snack options, including smoothies and juices, sandwiches, salads, and more. As we prepare to re-enter social environments, there will be a renewed focus on beauty services that can provide that extra confidence boost. We introduce you to beauty franchises that are helping Canadians look and feel beautiful, from lash extensions, laser and skincare technologies, and hair removal to salon services, beauty products, and more. 

Throughout the challenging circumstances of the pandemic, Canadian business owners have been putting their businesses at the forefront, but it’s also critical to focus on your own health. We offer tips from franchisors to help you take a holistic approach to prioritize your health, along with insights from franchisees about how to stay motivated during these difficult times.

As you consider franchising as the path to a healthy business career, it can help to hear from thriving franchisees who started out just like you. MrTaxes.ca franchisee Marion La Rocque outlines her successful first year in franchising with the online tax services franchise, while Aisle 24 franchisee David Thomas takes you through a day in the life with this fresh franchise concept, which provides contactless grocery services. We also introduce you to young CENTURY 21 franchisee Arshad Rashad, who has risen to the challenges of starting a franchise at the onset of the pandemic.

Beyond the health and wellness service franchises featured in this issue, there are many other franchise opportunities available for those looking to contribute to their community through franchising. Visit LookforaFranchise.ca, our online franchise directory, to find opportunities across a wide range of categories. You can also find a collection of franchising resources at FranchiseCanada.Online and can learn more about the latest in franchising by following the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and TikTok.

If you want to launch a healthy career in franchising, then this Health & Wellness Issue is a great place to start. We encourage you to focus on your own well-being as we start to emerge from the pandemic, and to access our Franchise Canada resources as you look to make your franchise dreams become a reality.

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