Our Company

To say Starbucks purchases and roasts high-quality whole bean coffees is very true. That’s the essence of what we do – but it hardly tells the whole story.

Our coffeehouses have become a beacon for coffee lovers everywhere. Why do they insist on Starbucks? Because they know they can count on genuine service, an inviting atmosphere and a superb cup of expertly roasted and richly brewed coffee every time.

Expect More Than Coffee

We’re not just passionate purveyors of coffee, but everything else that goes with a full and rewarding coffeehouse experience. We also offer a selection of premium Teavana® teas, fine pastries and other delectable treats to please the taste buds. And the music you hear in store is chosen for its artistry and appeal.

It’s not unusual to see people coming to Starbucks to chat, meet up or even work. We’re a neighborhood gathering place, a part of the daily routine – and we couldn’t be happier about it. Get to know us and you’ll see: we are so much more than what we brew.

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The Story of Starbucks Coffee Canada

General Timeline


Starbucks opens its first international location in Vancouver, British Columbia at the Seabus Skytrain Station.


Starbucks forms an alliance with Chapters Bookstores in Canada, creating what will eventually become the ultimate Canadian book and coffee lover’s experience.

In January, Starbucks opens for business in Toronto, Ontario, with five stores opening their doors on the same day.

In April, Starbucks opens its first location in Saskatchewan, Canada.
In July, Starbucks signs the Eastern Canada Master Licensing Agreement with Café Vision International to open stores in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Starbucks Coffee Canada incorporates as an independent, 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Starbucks Coffee Company.
Starbucks opens its Canadian Regional Support Center in North York, Ontario, establishing a Canadian management team.
Starbucks begins offering whole bean and ground coffee in Canadian supermarkets.

Starbucks Coffee Canada celebrates the openings of its 400th Company-operated and 100th licensed locations.

In February, the Starbucks Duetto Visa card is launched in Canada, in partnership with RBC Royal Bank.

Starbucks Coffee Canada celebrates the opening of its 500th Company-operated location.

Report on Business  ranks Starbucks Coffee Canada #1 in the foodservice category in its Annual CSR Ranking report.

In January, the second annual Lattes for Literacy Day is held in Canadian stores, raising more than $300,000 for Canadian literacy charities Frontier College and ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation.

In April, Starbucks Coffee celebrates their first Tumbler Day in Canada by providing complimentary brewed coffee when customers use a travel mug to help reduce paper cup waste in celebration of Earth Month.

In March, Starbucks celebrates its 20th anniversary in Canada.

In July, Starbucks forms a partnership with the Vancouver Community Foundation, the largest and oldest community foundation in Canada, to help administer Shared Planet Youth Action grants and develop relationships with social entrepreneurship organizations.  

In August, Starbucks and the Vancouver Community Foundation administer $25M to Schools Without Borders.

In August, Starbucks Coffee Canada regains full ownership of the Coffee Vision International’s Starbucks Licensed stores in Quebec and Atlantic markets.
In January, Starbucks and the Vancouver Community Foundation administer an additional $100M in Youth Action Grants across five organizations including Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots, Ashoka Youth Venture, Green Street Youth Action Centre, Canada World Youth and Katimavik.  

In February, Starbucks Coffee Latin America and Starbucks Coffee Canada join together as Starbucks Coffee Americas, under the leadership of President Colin Moore.

In June, Starbucks Corporation is named as one of Jantzi-Maclean's 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations, and as one of The Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights.

In January, Starbucks Coffee Company is named one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World by Corporate Knights.

In February, Starbucks Coffee Canada is named one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures by Waterstone Human Capital.

In May, Starbucks Canada opens its first-ever LEED-registered store as part of Starbucks’ worldwide LEED pilot project. Located at Bathurst and St. Clair in Toronto.

In June, Starbucks Coffee Canada is recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People (2010) by the Globe and Mail, and as one of The Top Foreign Corporate Citizens in Canada by Corporate Knights.  

In July, Starbucks launches a national partnership with Evergreen with the Pledge to do some Green Facebook initiative.

Also in July, Starbucks Canada begins offering free, unlimited Wi-Fi to customers in all company-operated stores.

In October, Starbucks Canada introduces the Clover® brewing system  in the Britnell Books Starbucks location at Yonge and Bloor in Toronto, and at the Robson Street store in Vancouver.

Toronto and Vancouver are selected as two of seven global locations for marquee events to help mark Starbucks’ Global Month of Service. Canada hosts an additional 85 local community service projects across the country in April 2011.

In the same month, Starbucks Coffee Canada helps to pave the way for all coffee houses in Vancouver to offer cup recycling across BC by collaborating with waste management companies to make cups a recyclable item.  

Starbucks™ Shared Planet™

We have a name for our commitment to doing business responsibly. We call it Starbucks™ Shared Planet™. We invite you to learn more.