Our McDonald’s Relationship

Since the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Canada in 1981, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada have had a committed and caring vision of the role Ronald McDonald Houses could play in helping sick children and their families. In 1982, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada was created by McDonald’s to ensure that every future House would have a foundation of support. McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada have been committed partners in helping sick children and their families through the following activities:

  • Ten cents from the sale of every Happy Meal is donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada.
  • McDonald’s Restaurants across Canada host McHappy Day, which is an annual day of giving to support local children’s
    charities, including Ronald McDonald Houses.
  • McDonald’s customers support Ronald McDonald Houses through coin box donations in restaurant.
  • Many McDonald’s suppliers support Ronald McDonald Houses as contributors, volunteers and national donors.

Ronald McDonald and a child at a table.Our long-time, committed friends, Maritime McDonald’s Owner/Operators, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, as well as Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, are a vital fundraising support for Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic. Approximately 29% of our annual operating costs come from their financial support raised through events such as McHappy Day and the Ten Cent Happy Meal program. The remaining is raised through coin boxes, fundraising activities and generous donations by individuals and corporate donors. We are incredibly grateful for this ongoing support.

Our Maritime McDonald’s Owner/Operators serve as volunteers on our Board of Directors and committees, working alongside other members in our community. In addition to in-store fundraising efforts, McDonald’s franchisees participate in local events for our House, including our annual Golf Classic.