Canadian Flag Tim Hortons®, owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc, is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Since opening its first restaurant in 1964, the success of the Tim Hortons chain is largely attributed to the hard-work and dedication of its pioneering Franchisees. Many are still with the chain today, and along with strong second and third generation Franchisees, have helped build the chain's foundation, restaurant by restaurant.

Tim Hortons is proud of its many dedicated Franchisees who exemplify and execute Tim Hortons' principles and standards of operations each and every day. Through their overwhelming commitment to the business and the chain's dedication to exceptional quality, value, cleanliness, guest service and community leadership, Tim Hortons has become Canada's largest coffee and baked goods chain with a growing presence in the United States.

Tim Hortons' Franchisees are supported in all aspects of their operations by an extensive range of services provided by Tim Hortons Inc. and its team of professionals.


Thank you for your interest in Tim Hortons! Please take a few minutes to learn more about our Franchising Program and process.

Step One

Learn more about what we look for in a Franchising Application by reviewing our FAQ’s. Here you will be able to gather more information about our concept and to see if franchising with Tim Hortons is right for you.

Step Two

Check to see if there is an available market . As markets and/or Franchise Opportunities become available, we update areas we are currently seeking new Franchisees on our website.

Step Three

Complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire .

  • You will receive an automated email asking you to “opt-in” to receive future communications from Tim Hortons. Once we receive your consent, you will receive detailed instructions on next steps in the process
  • If we are actively seeking applicants in your market(s), franchising will invite selected applications to a Discovery Call, after reviewing the full application package
  • Qualified applicants will be invited to completed credit and criminal checks, along with an Asset Verification letter

Minimum financial requirements:

  • Net worth - $1.5M
  • Liquid Assets - $500K

Minimum Checks Required:

  • Completed and clear credit/criminal check
  • Completed and clear Asset Verification Letter

If the market or area of interest is not listed, you may still complete an online questionnaire proactively, and we will retain your information for our records for up to two years in the event a location becomes available.

Step Four

Meet with our Field Operations team to learn more about Franchising with Tim Hortons.

  • Franchising will submit qualified applicants to Field Operations for a full interview
  • Qualified applicants will be forward to the Regional Vice President, where they will present a business case
  • Qualified applicants will then interview with President
  • Applicants who successfully pass all stages are considered pre-approved

Step Five

  • Final approval and site confirmation

Step Six

  • Successfully complete Tim Hortons training

Step Seven

  • Open and operate your restaurant!