Chick-fil-A will expand its long-term investment in Canada, growing from six to 20 stores by 2025, with plans to open seven to 10 restaurants per year thereafter. Construction is already underway on new locations in Vaughan and Barrie, with additional future locations expected at Toronto Eaton Centre, Square One, and Shops at Don Mills. Chick-fil-A also expects to continue its expansion into new Canadian markets in the coming years, including Ottawa (Ontario) and the province of Alberta.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to serve more guests and to invest in more communities across the country,” says Anita Costello, chief international officer. “Canadians can look forward to an authentic Chick-fil-A experience at each of our locations: delicious food prepared with high-quality ingredients, served with our signature hospitality.”
As part of the expansion, the Canadian entrepreneurs who will be local Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators are expected to hire approximately 80–120 additional employees at each new location, joining the more than 400 already working at the six existing locations in Toronto, Scarborough, Windsor, and Kitchener.
“At Chick-fil-A, demonstrating care is core to our culture and at the heart of everything we do,” says Wilson Yang, Owner/Operator at Chick-fil-A Yonge & Bloor. “It’s only natural that care would extend outside the doors of our restaurants and into the communities we serve.”
In 2020, Yonge Street Mission (YSM) was the first Canadian organization to win one of the US $300,000 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Awards. Operator Wilson Yang nominated the organization for the grant, which allowed Yonge Street Mission’s Evergreen Centre to provide essential services including medical, dental, counselling, and employment to over 4,000 youth during the pandemic. The local partnership continues with Yang regularly providing hot chicken sandwiches as part of YSM’s Takeaway Meal service. Queen Street West Chick-fil-A Operator, Keisse Azevedo, has also joined the partnership through the Chick-fil-A Shared Table® program, regularly donating surplus food from her restaurant.
“In a season where we are trying to get through each and every day, we are grateful for our strong partnership with Chick-fil-A Operators who are committed to helping us support hungry and hurting neighbours without disruption,” says Angela Solomos, VP, Philanthropy at Yonge Street Mission.
Every time a Chick-fil-A restaurant opens, $25,000 is donated to a local non-profit organization in the area to help reduce hunger and food waste. So far, Chick-fil-A has donated over $100,000 USD to local Canadian organizations in celebration of restaurant openings. Chick-fil-A and its local restaurants also support the communities they serve through a number of programs, which include:
An ongoing partnership between Chick-fil-A and Second Harvest, a non-profit that gathers surplus food and facilitates getting it to communities in need, through local charities and community groups. Through this partnership, the financial support from Chick-fil-A has helped Second Harvest directly provide almost 2.5 million meals worth of surplus food for people in need and supported the national expansion of Second Harvest’s food rescue app to 900 communities across Canada.
Participating Chick-fil-A restaurants’ donation of surplus food from restaurants to local shelters, soup kitchens and charities through the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program. In Canada, over 34,000 meals have already been donated from Chick-fil-A restaurants since 2019, with the number growing each day.
Chick-fil-A’s awarding of 15 Canadian team members with nearly $35,000 in scholarships since 2020 to support their goals of pursuing post-secondary education.
Each Chick-fil-A restaurant is owned by a local Operator with a personal involvement in their business, focusing on building meaningful connections to their communities, investing in team member talent, while serving great-tasting food and providing a positive guest experience.
Chick-fil-A is currently accepting expressions of interest for individuals who are interested in becoming Chick-fil-A franchise Owner/Operators in Ontario and Alberta.