In 1967 the first McDonald's restaurant outside of the United States opened in Richmond, British Columbia. Every day since then, McDonald's Canada has been proud to provide our customers the same great taste, outstanding value, quality and superior service that the Golden Arches is known for worldwide.
Today there are more than 1,400 McDonald's restaurants in Canada, serving approximately three million Canadians every day and employing about 77,000 Canadians from coast to coast.
In all that we do - including our unwavering dedication to customer service, our community involvement and the way we work with employees - we are guided by a set of core Values and Principles which have allowed McDonald's to achieve such a high level of success in Canada.
Ray Kroc, at 52 years old, invested his entire life savings to become the exclusive distributor of a milk shake maker called the Multimixer. Hearing about the McDonald's hamburger stand in California owned by Dick & Mac McDonald running eight Multimixers at a time, he packed up his car and headed West. It was 1954. Ray Kroc had never seen so many people served so quickly. He pitched the idea of opening up several restaurants to the McDonald brothers, convinced that he could sell eight of his Multimixers to each and every one. "Who could we get to open them for us?" Dick McDonald said. Well," Kroc answered, "what about me?"
Ray Kroc opened the Des Plaines, Illinois restaurant in 1955 and never looked back. In 1965 McDonald's went public with the company's first offering on the stock exchange. In 1967, the first McDonald's restaurant outside the United States opened in Richmond, British Columbia. In 1968, the Big Mac® sandwich was introduced, followed by the Egg McMuffin® breakfast sandwich in 1973. Milestones and accomplishments have followed ever since.
Today, there are tens of thousands of McDonald's restaurants serving millions of people daily around the world. The incredible growth and success of McDonald's can be summed up with the first thought that went through Ray Kroc's mind when he first saw McDonald's: "This will go anyplace."