Top 100 Franchises Understanding the Ranking

As a Franchise directory with 10 years experience BeTheBoss is committed to providing you with personal, objective and informative news and opportunities directly related to franchising. Whilst elsewhere the idea of 'top franchises' listings has been optimized and revered there were no comparable listings significant to Canada.

Shortly after identifying the need for a franchise listing relating to Canada we actively pursued and created our own, with the hopes of contributing a valuable resource to the franchising community.

Canada is at the forefront of franchising success (preceded only by the U.S). This can be an extremely lucrative market, with over $100 billion taken annually from Canadian franchise sales alone (1). However, the reality is that it matters more than ever to invest wisely and confidently when considering a franchise opportunity. We are here to provide a targeted, focused and relevant resource for Canadian franchisees and franchisors.

Although it is unlikely you will be surprised by the presence of Canada's most recognizable brands you may be intrigued by the results. Our focus was to not only provide a general overview of franchise systems but to build on this concept by:

  • Giving recognition to leaders in their respective industries
  • Noting those experiencing significant growth
  • Featuring our own home-grown Canadian franchises
  • Identifying new concepts and trends.

Understanding the Rankings


BeTheBoss.ca is proud to bring you our pioneering and comprehensive listing of the top 100 franchise systems operating in Canada. Never before has this task been undertaken and we are eager to showcase our findings as a current representation of the franchise industry in Canada.

We began the process in December 2013 by asking franchisors to complete our carefully crafted survey. This provided data on various aspects of the franchise system including; company history, number of units in operation, training offered and financial requirements of potential franchisees. The only participation requirement was the presence of at least one franchise unit in Canada. Each submission was then entered into a database prior to analysis*. In total, data was compiled from 447 franchise systems that encompassed all sizes, industries and Canadian territories.

Our largest and widest ranging industry listings are demonstrated by the 'Top 100 Franchises operating in Canada' and the 'Top 50 Canadian Franchises'. Both lists were based solely on the total number of units currently operating in Canada ranked high to low. All other factors, whether objective or subjective are not taken into account. This provided an unbiased representation of all the companies that appear on our lists. Admission into the 'Top 50 Canadian Franchises' listing was only granted if the business was founded in Canada.

Should you wish to pursue a franchise opportunity please be aware that this information is intended only as a research tool. We urge you to take the time to conduct your own thorough and extensive investigation. However, if you would like some more information about franchising, how to get started or connecting with franchisors please go ahead and click here (link to franchise directory). We look forward to hearing your thoughts, comments and questions.

*Please note that all information was collated exclusively from respondent answers or publicly obtainable online documents provided by franchisors. This is information is true to the best of our knowledge and has not been verified via the use of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD).

(1) Uniform Law Conference of Canada (2003) Commercial Law Strategy. Uniform Franchises Act. (4) Legislative & Business Background. http://www.ulcc.ca/en/2003-frederiction-nb/288-civil-section-documents/534-franchise-law-reportb