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Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
Type Public
Founded 1922
Headquarters Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Key people Alfred J. Billes (co-founder)
J. William Billes (co-founder)
Stephen Wetmore (President and CEO)
Industry Retail
Products Automotive, Sports and Leisure, and Home Products
Employees 57,000

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSXCTC) is one of Canada's 35 largest publicly traded companies and operates an inter-related network of businesses engaged in retailing (hardgoods, apparel and petroleum) and services (financial and automotive). It operates Canadian Tire Retail, Canada's largest and most-shopped general merchandise retailer best known for its home products, hardware and tools, automotive, sports, camping, lawn and garden products. It also operates Canada's largest independent gasoline station network and a chartered bank in Canadian Tire Bank, and it owns Mark's Work Wearhouse, a leading specialty apparel retailer of work and casual clothing, and PartSource, retailing auto parts and accessories. Its head office is in Toronto, Ontario.

The chain is also known for its Canadian Tire "money" which is a pioneering loyalty program first introduced in 1958. It is also known for its innovative advertising.



A Typical CT Store

The first Canadian Tire store opened on September 15, 1925 in Toronto, Ontario by J. William Billes and Alfred J. Billes. This store, which was located at the corner of Yonge and Isabella, bought Hamilton Tire and Garage Ltd. in Toronto's east end with combined savings of $1,800.[1] In 1934, the first official associate store opened in Hamilton, Ontario.[2] In 1937, the store and head office was moved to Yonge St. and Church St. This location remains as an associate store in the chain today. In 1928, the store issued its first catalogue, becoming one of Canada's most famous mail order businesses. To this day, the company has grown to over 475 stores. A publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Canadian Tire shares are widely held.

Canadian Tire Corporation has tried on two occasions to expand into the US market. In the 1980s the White Auto Store chain, concentrated in Texas was acquired and cost Canadian Tire $200 million to fold. In the 1991 a second attempt with the Auto Source chain with grand plans of 100 to 120 outlets in the US Midwest was started. The Auto Source chain was sold costing the company a reported $80.6 million.

Canadian Tire has experienced a period of significant growth and success, having transformed its store network in three major waves beginning in 1994. In its last five-year strategic plan it attained top-quartile total returns to shareholders among all publicly traded North American retailers, with a total return of 286%.

Store brands

Certain merchandise items are branded specifically for Canadian Tire. The most recognized of these are Mastercraft, SuperCycle (bicycles) and Motomaster (tires, batteries and other automotive goods).



Canadian Tire Retail

Copper Pipe Pieces

As Canada's largest retailer, it is said that 85 percent of all Canadians live within a 15-minute drive of a Canadian Tire store; that nine out of ten adult Canadians shop at one at least twice a year; and that 40 percent of Canadians shop at Canadian Tire every week.[3] There are more than 475 stores across Canada. Canadian Tire Stores are each operated by an associate dealer. The buildings and lands are owned or leased by the company and everything inside the building, from fixtures to merchandise, is owned by the dealer. The majority of stores operate in distinct categories of automotive parts, automotive service, tools and hardware, sporting goods, housewares, and seasonal.

Since 2003 Canadian Tire has converted the majority of its old traditional and new-format stores, as well as built new stores, making it the most modern network in the country. Last year, Canadian Tire introduced its two newest store formats- the Smart store and Small Market store. Currently, the largest Canadian Tire store is located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It incorporates a Marks Work Warehouse (owned by Canadian Tire) within its doors.

Online Store

Canadian Tire Online was an online purchasing system where customers of Canadian Tire can order goods online. On January 20, 2009, citing a change in consumer shopping habits and convenience of its bricks and mortar stores, the Company announced the end of online sales effective at the end of January 2009.[4] [5]

Partsource Automotive Stores

PartSource is an automotive parts and accessories specialty chain, which has 88 stores in Ontario and Western Canada. It was designed to meet the needs of major purchasers of automotive parts including commercial automotive installers as well as serious do it yourself customers. While many people are aware of the Canadian Tire/PartSource affiliation, many are unaware that the individual stores are not affiliated. While Canadian Tire Retail stores are Associate Dealer operated, PartSource stores are a mix of franchisee and Canadian Tire Corporation operated.

Financial Services

Canadian Tire Financial Services is the credit arm of the company. This division operates a bank, under Canada's Bank Act. Since achieving the bank designation, Canadian Tire Financial Services has launched additional credit and loan products including Personal Loans and Lines of Credit. Its primary business is branded credit cards that give customers a choice of payment options, as well as extra Canadian Tire Money. CTFS also markets a variety of insurance and warranty products, and operates an emergency roadside service. The division also manages the Canadian Tire 'Money' On the Card loyalty program to credit card customers.

In October 2008, Canadian Tire Financial Services was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine.[6]

Canadian Tire Petroleum

Launched in 1958, Canadian Tire Petroleum is Canada's largest independent retailer of gasoline. It has more than 273 locations as well as more than 70 Simoniz car washes in Canada. In Ontario, Canadian Tire Petroleum also operates a network of Pit Stop locations offering customers a variety of automotive services including oil changes, rust check and other services. Canadian Tire's famous "Canadian Tire Money" loyalty program was launched through the gas bars as "Gas Bonus Coupons". The program proved so popular that it was later expanded to the entire enterprise.

Canadian Tire was the world's first hard goods retailer to begin selling gasoline at their stores as a means of driving customer traffic. This model has since been copied by most of the world's top hard goods retailers, including Wal Mart, Home Depot, Real Canadian Superstore/Loblaw's, and Safeway.

CTP has opened 3 'Q' stop stores featuring a mini-grocery store as well as other items.

Mark's Work Wearhouse

Mark's Work Wearhouse has become Canada's largest supplier of business casual, weekend and work wear clothing and accessories for men and women. Mark's Work Wearhouse operates more than 374 stores across Canada including L'Equipeur stores in Quebec.



For many years, Canadian Tire's Christmas ads featured Santa Claus and Ebenezer Scrooge arguing about whether Canadian Tire's great selection or their low prices are the better reason to do your Christmas shopping there, with the tagline "Give like Santa, save like Scrooge". A stamp was issued by Canada Post commemorating Canadian Tire's 75th anniversary which depicted the famous ad of a boy receiving his first bicycle which was purchased by his father at Canadian Tire.

Starting in 2007, the company ran successful month long advent calendar promotions which provided free CDs and discounts throughout the holiday season.

From 1997 to 2005, the company's ads have featured the "Canadian Tire couple". The male role also known as the Canadian Tire guy was played by Canadian actor Ted Simonett, and Gloria Slade played the female role. They are usually showing off a new product to one of their neighbours, who are in need of a certain tool. The 'Canadian Tire Couple' were once featured on Royal Canadian Air Farce as one of their targets of the year, as "Canada's most annoying couple".

In early 2006, ads featuring the couple were phased out in favor of a new campaign featuring overhead signs found in Canadian Tire's store asiles. For example, if an ad depicted a couple deciding to spruce up their back yard, signs indicating the aisles where what they needed would be found creakily lowered from overhead ("Aisle 10 - Patio Furniture", "Aisle 28 - Garden Hoses").

The Company is one of Canada's largest advertisers, and has nearly universal unaided brand awareness.


  • 1970s: "It's for people like you"
  • 1980s: "There is a lot more to Canadian Tire than tires"
  • 1992: "There is a lot more for a lot less"
  • 1997: "Canadian Tire, still the right place"
  • Various Christmas seasons: "Give like Santa, save like Scrooge" or "Scrooge-Approved Prices"
  • 2001: "Let's Get Started", which used the song "I'll Start With You" (released in 1992 by former Highway 101 lead singer Paulette Carlson)
  • 2006: "______ Starts at Canadian Tire", with the blank filled with various seasons (such as "Summer" or "The Holidays") or situations ("Home Improvement", "Spring Cleaning", "Car Care").
  • 2008: "For Days Like Today"

Canadian Tire Money

An assortment of Canadian Tire 'money'.

Canadian Tire 'money' distinguishes the company from other retailers in Canada. These coupons, an incentive for non-credit purchases, are a national cultural fixture and feature the fictional character Sandy McTire on every bill. Customers using Canadian Tire's Options Mastercard for their purchases also received an additional 100% Canadian Tire money, in electronic form, on the card.

See also


  1. ^ "Canadian Tire: Our Story (Official Web site)". Retrieved 29 January 2007. 
  2. ^ The Hamilton Spectator- Souvenir Edition page MP38 (June 10, 2006). "The Hamilton Memory Project;". Press release. 
  3. ^ Reference For Business
  4. ^ United Press International (20 January 2005). "Canadian Tire to cease online sales". Press release. Retrieved 3 February 2006. 
  5. ^ Internet Retailer (23 January 2005). " puts the brakes on home deliveries". Press release. http://en.wikipedia…. Retrieved 3 February 2006. 
  6. ^ "Reasons for Selection, 2009 Canada's Top 100 Employers Competition". 

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Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Type Public
Founded 1922
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Industry Retail
Website Official website

Canadian Tire is one of Canada's 35 largest publicly traded companies . Canadian Tire is headquartered in the Toronto, Ontario. Canadian Tire has their own kind of money which distinguishes the company from other retailers in Canada.

Canadian Tire's Slogans

  • in the 1970's: "It's for people like you"
  • in the 1980's: "There is a lot more to Canadian Tire than tires"
  • 1992s: "There is a lot more for a lot less"
  • 1997: "Canadian Tire, still the right place"
  • Some Christmas seasons: "Give like Santa, save like Scrooge" and "Scrooge-Approved Prices"
  • 2001: "Let's Get Started"
  • 2006: "______ Starts at Canadian Tire" and the blank would be filled with various seasons or situations ("Home Improvement", "Spring Cleaning", "Car Care", Etc.).
  • 2008: "For Days Like Today"

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