With over 25 years of experience building successful businesses in the service industry, our companies are committed to excellence and integrity. We believe that our success is attributed to our people who share our company culture and values.

We are passionate about the unique culture that drives our company, the Culture of CARE. We support franchise owners across Canada with an award-winning system, on-going training and cutting-edge social enterprise technology.

We’ve developed a powerful and competitive position in the marketplace, and continue to grow with a clear and compelling vision for the future. It’s this vision that inspires every member of the Sunshine Brands® family of companies to successfully share the Culture of Care.


1987 – Sunshine Landscape founded
The origin of Sunshine is unique: ten brothers born with green thumbs worked together to grow a landscape management business from the ground up. Founded under the name Sunshine Grounds Care in 1987 by Tim van Stralen, the company grew with the addition of each brother. Together, they built the Sunshine brand on quality workmanship and genuine care for team members, vendors and customers.

2005 – Sunshine begins expansion through franchising
In 2005 Sunshine began expanding its landscape management network through strategic partnerships with Franchisees who shared the Sunshine vision and core values. By 2009 Sunshine had 26 locations in Ontario and British Columbia.

2010 – The Sunshine maintenance division rebrands to The Grounds Guys® and Sunshine Brands® reaches agreement with The Dwyer Group®
In 2010, Sunshine Brands reached a groundbreaking agreement with The Dwyer Group® to build their franchise system in the USA. Due to trademark issues with the name Sunshine Grounds Care™, the company was rebranded to The Grounds Guys. The Dwyer Group® formed a new company, The Grounds Guys LLC., which is now being grown within the U.S., taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge Sunshine had gained over the years. Although separately owned and operated companies, both will continue to learn from each other’s experience in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Today, the fast-growing Grounds Guys franchise network is operating in over 70 markets across the U.S. and Canada. Each location shares the same core values and Culture of CARE that brand is built upon.

2011 – Sunshine Brands® launches The Sprinkler Guys®
In 2011, Sunshine Brands opened its second franchise concept: The Sprinkler Guys. The Sprinkler Guys are certified irrigation technicians who provide lawn irrigation solutions to residential and commercial clients. Franchise territories are available throughout Canada. The Sprinkler Guys services include irrigation system installation, repair, maintenance, seasonal opening and closing, as well as retrofitting and optimizing of older irrigation systems.