Do You Qualify For Franchise Financing In Canada ?

OVERVIEW – Information on financing a franchise in Canada . When it comes to finance qualifications for a franchising loan it’s important to know the criteria and what counts!

Financing a franchise
in Canada comes with certain qualification criteria the franchisee must meet. What are these criteria, and what is the best way to overcome any obstacles in borrowing success for the Canadian franchisee entrepreneur? Let’s dig in.

Business loans come with qualifiers, and when it comes to a franchising loan there’s no difference there. Criteria for qualification and approval are made by specialty franchise lenders, banks, and commercial finance companies which often supplement and compliment a franchise finance package.

Fundamental to any financing proposal is the required reasonable personal credit history of the borrower. But how is this determined? The majority of the times it’s simply based on two fundamental factors – the personal ‘ net worth ‘ of the franchisee, and his or her credit rating at credit bureaus. (There are two main credit bureaus in Canada and your score won’t be dramatically different at one of the other). It’s a numerical scoring system wherein a score of 650 is in fact the ‘ magic number ‘.

The net worth statement itself couldn’t be more basic – it’s a financial form that you complete that simply sows assets and liabilities – in simpler language, what you have and what you owe.

In Canada banks do a great job of advertising small business and franchise programs – the general consensus from’ the street ‘ though is that the aggressive advertising is sometimes not reflective of the actual approval possibilities. We’ll leave it at that.

But when it comes to banks in Canada they don’t necessarily finance franchises directly ( without a lot of personal collateral backing up the loan ) – they do however have specific programs in place with some of the larger well known franchisors that can fast track an approval . (Think hamburgers/clowns and hockey/donuts)

Where a Canadian chartered bank can do a great job for you (if you’re working with the right banker) is under the auspices of INDUSTRY CANADA’S CSBF/BIL program, more commonly called the ‘SBL ‘ loan.
Here’s where any franchising loan fewer than 350k that covers assets and leaseholds (not working capital though) can be financed with solid terms – those include good interest rates, low personal guarantee, no repayment penalty, aggressive amortizations.

Other criteria for success in franchising loans include a solid business plan and cash flow projection, information on the background and expertise of the borrower, as well as effective narrative highlighting the current success of the franchisor.

If you are looking to succeed in the franchise industry in Canada financing a franchise properly is key to your success. Seek out and speak to a a href=” “>trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business Financing Advisor with a track record of success who can assist you with your loan needs.

Author: Stan Prokop – founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial

Originating business financing for Canadian companies, specializing in working capital, cash flow, and asset based financing. In business 10 years – has completed in excess of $90 Million of financing for Canadian corporations. Core competencies include receivables financing, asset based lending, working capital, equipment finance, franchise finance and tax credit financing.
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