Who We Serve

Our beneficiaries

In virtually every Tim Hortons community, there are youth benefiting from our programs. Whether they join us as a summer camper, participate through our school program, or attend through our strategic partnerships, thousands of camp experiences are made possible annually thanks to the generosity of restaurant owners, guests and corporate partnerships.

Learn about our programs:

Summer Program

We work with adolescents aged 12 to 16 who meet our economic qualifications. These are some of the most formative years of young people’s lives and our programs are tailored to make a lasting impact.

Our participants are discovering who they are. They’re facing pressure from friends, challenges from school, and changes from growing up. They’re also forming patterns that will guide how they think, feel about themselves, and relate to others. They are deciding who they are—and the young adults they want to be.

At this stage, programs that are geared towards social and emotional development and resiliency can change patterns in behaviour and set young people up for health and wellbeing in adulthood. In fact, camp programs that have this focus and offer opportunities to build relationships with supportive and caring young adult leaders are even better.

Youth Selection

We are committed to serving youth from every Tim Hortons community in Canada and the US. Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners in these communities – in partnership with local organizations, and the public – play a critical role in selecting youth from disadvantaged circumstances who would benefit from our multi-year youth development Summer Program.

Eligibility Guidelines for First Year Campers
  • The camper is 11 years old as of December 31 of the year prior to attending camp (turning 12 the year they attend camp).
  • The camper comes from a low-income home based on the criteria established by Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • The camper is not a relative of a Tim Hortons employee, Restaurant Brands International employee or the referral agency/school.
  • The camper can participate in a group setting and does not require 1:1 support.
  • The camper must be referred by someone from a community-based organization.
Timeline for Selection

Fall: Applications are sent to returning campers to apply for the following year of camp. The Tims Camps Registration Department then processes all of these applications.
 Campers are notified of their acceptance in February. Through the winter months, we reach out to our Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners to help locate and select youth to enter the program. We then begin working with community-based organizations to fill any remaining first year spots.
Spring: Applications for first year campers are typically due in March/April and acceptance letters are sent in the months following this.
Summer: Open spots continue to be filled right up until the first day of camp, for all sessions throughout the summer. 

Waitlist: Any applications that come in from the general public are accepted beginning in January and go onto a waitlist. Once we have a spot available, we will work directly with the family.  Spaces often become available throughout the Spring and Summer months.

Summer Program Camper Selection FAQ
Is there a COVID-19 vaccination policy for the 2023 summer camp season?

While vaccinations are strongly encouraged, Tims Camps does not require campers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in our programs.

How do I receive an application?

Please contact the Tims Camps Registration Department to obtain more information on receiving an application. They can be reached by phone at 1-888-585-0829 or 519-448-1248.  They can also be reached by email at registrar@thcf.com

How much does camp cost?

The Tim Hortons Foundation Camps are completely subsidized for our campers and families. Meaning there is no cost associated with attending. This is made possible through the generous support of Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners, Restaurant Brands International and corporate and local sponsors.

Can I pay if I don't meet the financial criteria?

Our programs are geared towards youth who come from low income homes. We do not accept payment to attend camp and campers must meet our eligibility criteria.

When will I find out where I am going to camp?

Campers and their families will be notified of what camp their child is going to attend by the Registration Department in February. It is important that the Registration Department has the most up-to-date email and home address on file.

How do I get to and from camp?

Campers will travel to camp via bus or flight depending on the distance that they live from the camp they will be attending. During both bus and flight travel, campers are accompanied by our camp staff.

When do I receive my travel package?
Campers can expect to receive their travel packages 10 days prior to the start of their camp date.
Can I choose where I go to camp?
Unfortunately, campers cannot pick which camp they go to for a few different reasons. Not all camps host every level each summer, efficient travel groups and camp capacity are a few of the factors that go into the camp placement process.
What if a youth has just missed the cutoff age and is slightly too old?
Occasionally, we enroll new youth into Level 2 of the program; however, we do not actively recruit them. The youth must meet the basic eligibility requirements listed above. Please contact the Registration Department to obtain a more detailed explanation of our registration process and get a copy of the registration package. If an application is submitted, these youth will be placed on a waitlist and will be contacted if a spot opens up in the corresponding community.
I am from a community organization that works with youth and would like more information. Where can I find it?

Please contact the Registration Department to obtain a more detailed explanation of our registration process and get a copy of the registration package. They can be reached by phone at 1-888-585-0829 or 519-448-1248. They can also be reached by email at registrar@thcf.com

Summer Program Demographics
Age of Summer Campers 2019*
Age# of Campers

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2019 was the last year of in-person camp programming. In 2020/2021 we pivoted to eCamp. In 2022, we resumed in-person camp programming.

Regional Breakdown Summer 2019*
Province/Territory# of Campers
British Columbia555
New Brunswick162
Newfoundland & Labrador95
Northwest Territories5
Nova Scotia262
US State# of Campers
North Carolina2
North Dakota2
New Jersey5
New York338

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2019 was the last year of in-person camp programming. In 2020/2021 we pivoted to eCamp. In 2022, we resumed in-person camp programming.

School Program

By partnering with local schools from low-income neighbourhoods, we serve youth in grades 6-8 through our School Program. This program allows us to reach larger numbers of youth with similar needs as our Summer Program campers.

In non-summer months, schools come to our sites and engage in similar camp programming and activities, with the aim of developing social-emotional skills, personal wellbeing, and forming community connections.

Partnership Program

In 2021 we began intentionally partnering with various organizations that have a similar vision and mission, and who also serve youth from communities that could benefit from intentional youth development programming. We partner with these groups to collaboratively create program content and discuss delivery models. Typically, partnership programs are delivered at one of our Tims Camps and include leaders from both organizations.