Our Canadian Story

Our Canadian Story

Starbucks Canada's Journey

Our Canadian Story

Our Canadian Story

The Canadian Starbucks story began in Vancouver, BC on March 1, 1987 with the opening of the Seabus Waterfront Skytrain location. This store was home to Starbucks Coffee’s first cafe outside of the U.S. and set the stage for the company's international growth. Canada is now home to over 1,400 stores, both licensed and company operated as well as over 23,000 Canadian partners.
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In 2002, Toronto became home to the Canadian support center (head office) and since then, additional regional offices have opened their doors in the Canadian markets of Vancouver and Montreal. There are also many partners who work to support the business remotely by working from their homes across the country.
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  • 1971 – Starbucks Opens Its First Store in Seattle, WA’s Pike Place Market
  • 1987 – Starbucks enters the Canadian market with its first international location in Vancouver
  • 1995 – Starbucks Canada develops partnership with Chapters Bookstore
  • 1996 – Enters Toronto market with 5 stores
  • 1999 – Enters Saskatchewan market
  • 2000 – Enters Quebec and Atlantic Canada
  • 2002 – Starbucks Canada opens the Canadian support center (head office) in Toronto
  • 2004 – Whole bean coffee enters the Canadian grocery market
  • 2010 – Canada opens its first LEED certified store in Toronto
  • 2010 – Recognized by the Global Mail as a top employer for young people
  • 2013 – Starbucks Canada names a coffee for Canadians, by Canadians. True North Blend®/Melange Nordique® is born after 22,000 entries were submitted in a nationwide contest to name this unique blonde roast
  • 2014 – Inducted into Waterstone Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame
  • 2015 – Starbucks Canada commits to hiring at least 1,000 refugees by 2022
  • 2016 – Starbucks Canada increases mental health benefit from $400 to $5,000 per year
  • 2019 – Starbucks Canada operates over 1400 stores and employs over 23,000 partners
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