About Us

The Canadian Finance & Leasing Association 
Association canadienne de financement et de location

 

 

The CFLA is Canada's only organization advocating the interests of the asset-based financing, vehicle and equipment leasing industry. 

Through the CFLA, members help shape the industry’s future within the competitive financial services sector.

 


Our mission

We support, inform, and advocate for members to advance the asset-based financing and leasing industry.

 


Our responsibilities

 

Industry advocacy

We advocate to amplify the industry's voice and influence legislation and regulation.
 

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Industry intelligence

We provide research and information to help members make informed business decisions.


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Professional development

We offer exclusive education and networking events to help members connect and succeed.


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What we do

 

We organize several high-profile events throughout the year:

  • The Annual National Conference ⇒ brings over 450 industry leaders together from companies across the industry

  • Networking and informational events organized by the Women in Asset Finance Committee and Future Leaders Committee

  • The CFLA annual Golf Tournament in Toronto.

 

We undertake research initiatives to assist members with benchmarking and planning:

 


Our members


We have over 200 corporate members ranging from large multinationals to national and smaller regional domestic companies, crossing the financial services spectrum:

  • Manufacturers’ finance companies

  • Independent leasing companies

  • Banks and credit unions
  • Brokers

  • Insurance companies

  • Suppliers to the industry like law, accounting, or software firms.

 

We have two membership types: Regular and Associate.
 

Regular members engage — to a substantial extent — in asset-based financing or leasing within Canada.

  • Regular members are often organizations like independent leasing companies, banks, fleet lessors, and brokers that hold their own book.

 

Associate members provide products or services to regular members in Canada.

  • Associate members are often supplier organizations like accounting or law firms, consultants, technology providers, and brokers that do not carry their own book.

 

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How we're governed

 

The CFLA is a federal not-for-profit corporation governed by:

  • Board of Directors ⇒, nominated from the Association membership and elected to serve two-year terms. The Board determines the CFLA’s policies as business leaders representing a cross-section of the industry regarding market size, area of business, and geographical location.

 

The Annual General Meeting of Members is open to all CFLA members and is usually held during the fall Annual National Conference.

 

The CFLA's volunteer comittees ⇒ conduct most of our active work – based on their areas of expertise – and serve as:

  • Our radar by bringing forward intelligence, issues, challenges, and opportunities affecting the industry

  • Our sounding board to react to issues and advise on policy options

  • An exchange of experience, expertise, and best practices

  • A channel to circulate relevant industry information.

 


Behind the scenes


A full-time professional team of five ⇒ manage the CFLA's operations in downtown Toronto.
 

The CFLA was established in 1993 through the merger of the Canadian Automotive Leasing Association and the Equipment Lessors Association of Canada. The Association has grown from an initial membership of 61 companies to over 200 companies today.