About Franklin Empire

Franklin Empire Inc. is a family owned electrical distributor. We supply electrical components for new construction, renovation and the maintenance of industrial plants as well as residential and commercial buildings. We also specialize in automation systems for manufacturing processes. We have a Product/Service offering that is unique among Canadian Electrical Distributors.

Franklin Empire helps grow your business by becoming part of your team. With over fifteen areas of expertise and a flexible organization, we easily adapt processes and systems to your unique needs. Through our Electro-Mecanik Playford shops, we are the only full line electrical distributor with manufacturing and repair services. We can be your one-stop shop for all of your electrical needs.

Our proud heritage dates from 1898, (L.S. Tarshis, E.W. Playford, and Lynn Macleod). The 1992 merger of Franklin Playford (1946) and Empire Electric (1942) established Franklin Empire Inc. The company has since grown to over 20 branch locations in Quebec and Ontario, including five assembly and repair divisions.

Franklin Empire employs over 450 people and has an inventory investment exceeding $25 million. We are proud to be the largest independently owned electrical distributor in Canada.



We continue to establish stronger strategic alliances with our customers, as well as our suppliers. 

By reducing the number of our suppliers of the same products, we offer more extensive inventories and product expertise in the chosen brand. This strengthened supplier relationship has created a greater level of trust and cooperation.

In the same way, customers who choose Franklin Empire as their preferred or exclusive supplier are rewarded with a specialized package of products, services and competitive pricing designed to meet their unique needs.


Affiliated Distributors (A-D)

We are able to provide our customers with competitive prices in the industry accompanied by reliable customer service and leading-edge marketing  programs through our membership with Affiliated Distributors (A-D). A-D is the largest wholesale buying and marketing group in North America, who is  committed to the success of the independent distributor.

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Electro-Federation Canada

Franklin Empire is proud to be a member of Electro-Fed (EFC), a national, not-for-profit industry association. Together, its six councils represent over 300 member companies that manufacture, distribute, and service electrical, electronics, and telecommunications products; contributing over $50B to the Canadian economy and employing more than 130,000 workers in more than 1,400 facilities across Canada.  EFC plays a critical role in improving many industry programs and initiatives such as; E-commerce, industry networking, recruiting in the electrical industry, ship and debit, general best practices and many more.



Franklin Empire is proud to be a partner of the Hydro-Quebec Efficient Products Program; which gives our customers rebates on eligible lighting products and motors from participating manufacturers.

              Click here for the Lighting rebate form 
              Click here for the Motor rebate form

As a Hydro-Quebec partner and an expert on energy-efficient lighting products and motors, Franklin Empire plays a key role in:

  • Promoting energy-efficient lighting products and helping business customers to make optimal energy choices, depending on their firm's applications
  • Encouraging business customers to use NEMA PremiumTM motors
  • Helping customers to be more competitive by reducing their electricity bill
  • Helping customers to be more competitive by reducing energy use in their buildings and manufacturing processes
  • Making customers planning to purchase motors aware of the high energy costs over the life of the motor (95%) compared with the purchase cost (1%)
  • Informing business customers about the Hydro-Québec program for energy-efficient products and helping them obtain rebates

*This program is offered to customers in the province of Quebec only. 


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