Kanda Optical operates several retail locations in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as its own optical lab and distribution centre, in Brampton.

With such a strong familial connection within the business, it’s no surprise that the many registered Opticians in the Kanda family are always checking in to lend a hand and ensure customers receive the best possible service.

Mission Statement

To achieve beyond the ordinary by delivering world-class, personalized service and extraordinary eye care at great prices.

Kanda Optical was founded by the late Gautam P. Kanda, in the 1980s.

The Kanda family is one of entrepreneurs, hailing from the northern Indian province of Punjab; for generations this family has successfully operated a variety of businesses back home, selling a number of products, including: fashion garments, traditional goods and real estate.

When the family immigrated to North America, the next generation of Kandas decided to step away from the traditional and venture into the modern and sophisticated; Gautam’s two sons, Ashwani and Harsh, moved into the field of optics. They approached their formal training with rigour and excitement, ready to take on the industry, just as their fathers before them had done with so many others.

Ashwani Kanda

President & CEO

Son of Mr. Gautam P. Kanda, Ashwani Kanda opened the first retail store in 1990 in the Richview Square Plaza, Etobicoke.Ashwani worked extremely hard for many years before becoming the CEO of Kanda Optical. His first job consisted of grinding optical lenses into frames; he was soon promoted to Lab Technician, where he learned the finer points of the optical industry.

The First Kanda Optical Store in 1990

What separates Kanda Optical from the traditional optical chain, you might ask?

Kanda Optical carries high-end optical products, including brand-name frames, provides a luxurious environment for customers and has eye specialists, such as Optometrists and Ophthalmologists, always on hand for examinations and consultations.