Tim Hortons



About Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons is a Canadian restaurant chain known for its coffee, doughnuts and connection to Canada’s national identity. Its namesake, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Tim Horton (1930–74), founded the business with Montreal businessman Jim Charade. The first Tim Hortons doughnut franchise opened in Hamilton, Ontario, in May 1964. Since then, Tim Hortons has become Canada’s largest restaurant chain. As of September 2023, it operates 3,874 stores across the country and 1,827 stores internationally. In 1995, American fast-food chain Wendy’s bought Tim Hortons in a partnership that lasted until 2006. In 2014, the chain was again purchased by a foreign company, this time by Brazilian firm 3G Capital, known for its ownership of Burger King. Despite foreign ownership, Tim Hortons remains a Canadian cultural phenomenon.

There are many reasons to join the Tim Hortons family. Here are some of the biggest:

  • Brand Strength

    In 1964, the first Tim Hortons® restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario opened its doors and Canadians have been ordering Tim Hortons iconic Original Blend coffee, Double-Double ™ coffees, Donuts and Timbits® ever since. Capturing the hearts and taste buds of Canadians, 80% of Canadians visit a Tims in Canada at least once a month. More than a coffee and bake shop, Tim Hortons(R) is part of the fabric of Canada and a proud symbol of our country and its values. We are the third largest coffee chain in the world.


    We serve over 5 million cups of coffee made with 100% premium Arabica beans every day from coast-to-coast. Our menu goes beyond the cup with a menu with something for everyone. From our breakfast sandwiches made with freshly cracked eggs and baked goods to delicious sandwiches and soups for lunch and dinner, we are constantly innovating to enhance the guest experience.


    Our job is to help you succeed.We provide Tims(R) owners with guidance and support throughout the entire process, including site selection, construction and design. Once you’re ready to join the Tims(R) family, you’ll complete 3-5 weeks of training in Oakville, Ontario where you’ll meet fellow owners and learn how to run a successful Tims(R) restaurant.


    Tim Hortons isn’t just Canada’s largest restaurant chain, its one of the largest coffee brands in the world and the potential for owners to grow with the brand is limitless.


Consider joining the Tims® family

Be a small business owner and get a boost by partnering with the largest restaurant brand in Canada. When you join the Tims(R) family, you’re not just opening a restaurant, you’re joining a brand that is part of the fabric of Canada and isa proud symbol of our country and its values. With the support of one of the largest QSR companies in the world, you’ll benefit from our deep operational expertise and a relentless pursit of delivering the best guest experience.

  • Training and access to resources that will set you up for success from day 1
  • Dedicated teams who support all aspects of the business
  • A proven business model
  • Support with securing funding
  • A strong community of over 1,500 owners




Initial Franchise Fee
Capital Required
Investment Level
$871,600 - $2,440,300
Royalty Fee
Ad Fee

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