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Financial services for Franchising

The expertise you need when it comes to franchising

Whether you’re a franchisor and franchisee, you can find everything you need at Meridian. Our focus on customized banking solutions and strong partnerships will help you achieve all your business goals.

Franchising highlights

Pet food franchise
Meridian provided $372K in startup financing for a pet food store in Northern Ontario.
Fast-food franchise
Meridian provided $600K in startup financing for a fast-food restaurant in Niagara.

Our specialists can help


John Dykeman
Director of Program Lending

I have experience in commercial banking and the development of national targeted banking and financing programs. I can provide custom banking and financing solutions that help franchise businesses and professional practices achieve financial well-being. With our decades of experience and expertise, my team and I can help you succeed.

Jeff Thomas
Manager of Program Lending

I have over 30 years of financial experience and a passion for using my knowledge and expertise to help professionals achieve their business dreams. I have experience in both commercial and small business lending, with a focus on financing options like lines of credit, term loans for financing equipment, leaseholds, and real estate.

How we support franchises

We work with franchise brands to support the financial needs of their network members. At Meridian, we invest time to understand what franchisors perceive as the common needs of franchisees. We also delve into brand and corporate strategy to understand the evolution of a franchise. With these insights, we create customized financial packages for franchisees to help them meet their financial goals.

Member story

Financing a Popeye’s franchise in St. Catharines

When Anjum Aziz, a business owner in St. Catharines, was about to open a new franchise the financial institution he’d been working with suddenly cancelled his loan. Meridian stepped up and provided financing within a week. Here’s his story.

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Our experts are here to support every aspect of your franchise. We’re eager to help you start, manage, and grow your business. Please contact one of our advisors to find out how we can support your journey.

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