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Tim Hortons to Implement "Slight" Price Increase on August 2

Tim Hortons to Implement "Slight" Price Increase on August 2

By Simon Hung

August 1 update: A reliable source has provided us with a list of all menu items affected by the price increase. Hot beverages include coffee (all sizes), coffee mocha (formerly café mocha, all sizes), specialty tea (all sizes) and steeped orange tea (all sizes). Breakfast items (standalone or in a meal) include the bacon breakfast sandwich, croissant breakfast sandwich, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich, grilled bagel breakfast sandwich, grilled breakfast wraps and sausage breakfast sandwich. In addition, bottled pop will now be subject to an additional surcharge when added to a meal and half paninis will be discontinued.

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Your morning coffee will soon be a little pricier, because Tim Hortons will be increasing the prices of some hot beverages and breakfast menu items as of Wednesday, August 2.

Signage spotted in Ottawa alerting customers of the price increase (via Reddit).

As seen on signage posted in some restaurants, the price increase will be “slight” and the coffee chain cites rising operational costs as the reason behind the price hike. The exact amount is not specified and the affected menu items are unknown. It’s also unclear if the change will affect all locations nationwide, but signage has been spotted in restaurants in Ottawa and Toronto.

One way you can identify the price changes is to track the differences between now and August 2 with the new Tim Hortons app. The app supports mobile ordering and prices are identical to restaurant pricing, but itemized pricing isn’t visible until you assemble an order. We had positive first impressions of the new app in our day-one review and utilizing it to track pricing is the easiest way to spot any changes without visiting a location.

According to a report from Yahoo Finance Editor Tori Floyd, this will be the second price increase in the past three years, as Tim Hortons had previously raised the prices for hot beverages and breakfast sandwiches in November 2014 by approximately $0.10 and it's not unreasonable to expect a similar increase come August 2.

39 Comments

    • Lol so they increase now so they can add another increase in Jan after the $14/hr
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    • They are more expensive in Scotland despite the lower minimum wage (although I assume rent is higher, but I could be wrong). They charge the same coffee prices there as Glasgow Starbucks. £1.20 for a small filtered coffee, including 20% sales tax (VAT).

      Tim Hortons is arguably too cheap. We are spending hours of our lives waiting in line when we have access to almost free coffee at work and at home. If they charge more, the lines will be shorter and those of us who really value the coffee or food will be served faster.

      That being said I'm eager to try their new pre-order Tim Hortons app (not to be confused with their TimmyMe app). Apparently it works by GPS and the clerks are supposed to start preparing orders when customers are "3 minutes away". Seems hopelessly optimistic, but we'll see. I'll be turning on the data and pointing my phone to the sky as I walk to the outlets. Not sure how the app figures out the mode of transportation. I'll try to resist the urge to jog or stop to tie my shoes along the way. :)
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    • Engi-Nir wrote:
      Jul 28th, 2017 6:13 am
      Lol so they increase now so they can add another increase in Jan after the $14/hr
      There are 10 provinces in Canada, each with their own minimum wage.
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    • Lots of places have upped prices recently - from regular restaurants to other fast food places.
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    • Where?
      natalka wrote:
      Jul 28th, 2017 11:11 am
      Lots of places have upped prices recently - from regular restaurants to other fast food places.
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    • Will this price increase cause a decrease in the amount of Tim Hortons litter on the streets?!?!
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    • they don't have blueberry bagels anymore...who doesn't have blueberry bagels?

      I stopped buying donuts for the summer because they melt by the time you get home so I was going to buy some bagels and they told me they don't have blueberry bagels being sold anymore

      did something happen to the price or laws to sell blueberries? they stopped the blueberry fritter and also mcdonalds stopped blueberry pie's
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    • No increase on the ice caps and fruit chill...still has me as a customer.
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    • If only the quality would increase as well. :(
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    • Cheapo-Findo wrote:
      Jul 28th, 2017 1:22 pm
      Where?
      Of course, it varies upon cities, but for example - at one of our fave restaurants here, for one of the meals we frequently order, the price went up $2 to 18.95 - and we used to get soup and salad, now we just get to choose one of them.
      For FF, the one that first comes to mind is KFC - even with the coupons, the prices have gone up.
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    • Canadian Logic:

      Housing prices skyrocket as the Canadian Dollar decreases in value .... happiness that was earned through hard work and dedication.

      Price of coffee increases as the Canadian Dollar decreases in value .... riots.
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    • getting expensive for breakfast here now

      a large coffee and muffin is around 3.75 now, at MCDs its 2.30 and you can get a free refill later in the day.
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    • Not surprising. They'll keep raising prices as long as the demand is there. I was a McDonalds coffee guy but after they jacked up the price of a coffee and muffin I just started making my own. Get a machine that'll turn on automatically in the morning and you can get way better coffee. That being said, I'm only a 1 cup guy so I guess that might be an issue for people who drink more than 1.
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    • renoldman wrote:
      Jul 29th, 2017 2:32 pm
      Canadian Logic:

      Housing prices skyrocket as the Canadian Dollar decreases in value .... happiness that was earned through hard work and dedication.

      Price of coffee increases as the Canadian Dollar decreases in value .... riots.

      Exactly, they should be happy that they are basically living in million dollar homes, and should be accustomed to that lifestyle, spending money like they have money.
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    • The new Tim Hortons app allows some data mining.

      Tim Hortons pre-tax small coffee prices: NWT: $1.69, BC & AB: $1.49, SK: $1.39, MB: $1.33, Ontario: $1.43, QC, NB, NS, PE: $1.35, NF: $1.37. There are slight intra-province variations, for example Tim Hortons in Banff charges $1.59. But mostly prices are province-wide.

      The pre-tax prices vary in the USA as well. From US$1.45 in Buffalo NY to US$1.75 in Bangor Maine!

      Something to consider: Based on experience and social media research, tipping at Tim Hortons is quite common in Quebec and Atlantic Canada and quite rare in Ontario and Alberta. Although it might also be a rural-urban thing. Tipping in this context is in the tradition of To Insure Prompt service, as the money is given to the cashier, often before the drink is prepared.

      Minimum wages across Canada:
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage_in_Canada

      Small Icecaps made with chocolate milk instead of cream: $2.29 accros most of Canada. $2.69 in Yellowknife and WoodBuffalo. $2.19 at one downtown Vancouver location. US$2.39 in all USA locations (chocolate milk not available in Buffalo).

      Small Ice coffee made with chocolate milk instead of cream: on sale for $0.99 across the country including Yellowknife. Regular price $1.59 across the country except Yellowknife at $1.99.

      On sale for US$0.99 in Bangor, regular price US$2.19 !!!
      Buffalo: US$1.99 and chocolate milk not available.

      The menu in the new app changes based on the time. For example, at 23:24 Sunday night, I can't price food. 10 Timbits would be a good comparison item as there is no GST/HST. The higher small coffee prices in Ontario, Alberta and BC seem motivated by their provincial tax exempt status.
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    • MonctonMan wrote:
      Jul 31st, 2017 2:23 am
      The new Tim Hortons app allows some data mining.

      Tim Hortons pre-tax small coffee prices: NWT: $1.69, BC & AB: $1.49, SK: $1.39, MB: $1.33, Ontario: $1.43, QC, NB, NS, PE: $1.35, NF: $1.37. There are slight intra-province variations, for example Tim Hortons in Banff charges $1.59. But mostly prices are province-wide.

      The pre-tax prices vary in the USA as well. From US$1.45 in Buffalo NY to US$1.75 in Bangor Maine!

      Something to consider: Based on experience and social media research, tipping at Tim Hortons is quite common in Quebec and Atlantic Canada and quite rare in Ontario and Alberta. Although it might also be a rural-urban thing. Tipping in this context is in the tradition of To Insure Prompt service, as the money is given to the cashier, often before the drink is prepared.

      Minimum wages across Canada:
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage_in_Canada

      Small Icecaps made with chocolate milk instead of cream: $2.29 accros most of Canada. $2.69 in Yellowknife and WoodBuffalo. $2.19 at one downtown Vancouver location. US$2.39 in all USA locations (chocolate milk not available in Buffalo).

      Small Ice coffee made with chocolate milk instead of cream: on sale for $0.99 across the country including Yellowknife. Regular price $1.59 across the country except Yellowknife at $1.99.

      On sale for US$0.99 in Bangor, regular price US$2.19 !!!
      Buffalo: US$1.99 and chocolate milk not available.

      The menu in the new app changes based on the time. For example, at 23:24 Sunday night, I can't price food. 10 Timbits would be a good comparison item as there is no GST/HST. The higher small coffee prices in Ontario, Alberta and BC seem motivated by their provincial tax exempt status.
      Anyone want to get the stats for minimum wage in the various provinces? It's not like the price of raw material is different...

      Ok got it:

      NWT: $1.69,12.50
      BC 1.49, 12.20
      AB: $1.49, 10.85
      SK: $1.39, 10.72
      MB: $1.33, 11.00
      Ontario: $1.43, 11.40
      QC, 1.35, 11.25
      NB, 1.35, 11.00
      NS, 1.35, 10.85
      PE: $1.35, 11.25
      NF: $1.37. 10.75

      So BC is getting a free ride, SK & AB getting short changed...and I'm sure transportation logistics are a little more complicated for NF than SK....

      Usual crock o shit from a crappy company.
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    • Cas77 wrote:
      Jul 31st, 2017 3:20 pm
      Anyone want to get the stats for minimum wage in the various provinces? It's not like the price of raw material is different...

      Ok got it:

      NWT: $1.69,12.50
      BC 1.49, 12.20
      AB: $1.49, 10.85
      SK: $1.39, 10.72
      MB: $1.33, 11.00
      Ontario: $1.43, 11.40
      QC, 1.35, 11.25
      NB, 1.35, 11.00
      NS, 1.35, 10.85
      PE: $1.35, 11.25
      NF: $1.37. 10.75

      So BC is getting a free ride, SK & AB getting short changed...and I'm sure transportation logistics are a little more complicated for NF than SK....

      Usual crock o shit from a crappy company.
      Your prices are backwards. BC minimum wage is 10.85/hr, AB is 12.20... Not a big mistake in an online forum until you start touting free rides. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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    • Same quality, but at a higher price.

      Gotcha'.
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    • penguinqueen wrote:
      Jul 31st, 2017 10:02 pm
      Your prices are backwards. BC minimum wage is 10.85/hr, AB is 12.20... Not a big mistake in an online forum until you start touting free rides. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      You're right my bad. So Alberta is getting the free ride.
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    • Cas77 wrote:
      Aug 1st, 2017 1:12 am
      You're right my bad. So Alberta is getting the free ride.
      For small coffee, it's about the final price of the coffee. Alberta, Ontario and BC don't charge any provincial tax (under $4 in Ontario), so they charge more. However, the price discrepancy doesn't apply to other products they sell.

      In most places, I think they probably charge less than everyone else for coffee. So it is all about the psychology of paying $1.50 ish.

      Could be based on hydro rates, but then Quebec and Manitoba Tim Hortons would charge much less.

      In all provinces and Yellowknife, they charge $1.59 plus tax for 237ml of milk. Donuts are the same price from Newfoundland to Ontario: $5.59 (too late in the day to order donuts online out west).

      By the way, if you decide to pull a Steve Fonyo and walk across Canada, if you arrive at the estimated time in the app (you can switch from car to foot), your order will be ready when you arrive. Corporate will send the order to the franchise 3 minutes before you are predicted to arrive. You can turn your phone off after you ordered, doesn't matter. Not sure what happens if you arrive more than 3 minutes early. If you arrive late, your coffee will be cold.

      If you order for the drive-through, your order will be prepared when you arrive at the drive through. Tell the speakerphone person your name or give them your order number, and they will start preparing it. You can then skip the cash window. Although don't drive to fast as they are preparing your food while you drive from the speakerphone to the pickup window.

      I plan on using the time savings working in a soup kitchen and building houses for the more fortunate with Habitat for Humanity. :)
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    • No surprise considering the ongoing war between Tim's franchisees and the cost cutting Burger King ownership. Tim's is being run into the ground
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    • I already saw price increase since last month. Tim Horton small coffee now cost $1.56 with GST as compared to $1.50 before. I am not sure if this is the new hike on top of what we had last month. I drastically cut down on my Tim Horton Coffee as now I buy 18 pack coffee sachet from superstore for $6 which makes around $0.30 a cup coffee for me and it taste much better than Tim Horton's hot sugary water (coffee).
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    • Guess they've reached a limit on shrinking portions and cutting quality. Still remember those big, delicious, baked in store donuts.
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    • I already saw price increase since last month. Tim Horton small coffee now cost $1.56 with GST as compared to $1.50 before. I am not sure if this is the new hike on top of what we had last month. I drastically cut down on my Tim Horton Coffee as now I buy 18 pack coffee sachet from superstore for $6 which makes around $0.30 a cup coffee for me and it taste much better than Tim Horton's hot sugary water (coffee).
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    • Make the birthday cake donuts a permanent menu item and I'll accept the increase.
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    • Alot of people will still religiously buy from them. It's a free market. Good for them.
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    • Keurig people. Tims is very expensive. TIMS-bucks by 2018.
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    • dyalect wrote:
      Aug 2nd, 2017 5:20 pm
      Keurig people. Tims is very expensive. TIMS-bucks by 2018.
      I can definitely see that happening (a loyalty program) to lure back clients who left due to high prices or low quality...the dummies will go back with their tail between their legs.
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    • I really don't enjoy their coffee unless I am desperate, their donuts are frozen and getting smaller, their breakfast is overpriced and pure salt, their lunch isn't terrible, but really I see no reason to go there whatsoever. Tim's, you have been replaced by a combination of Tassimo and instant coffee. Yes, instant coffee is better than yours. What happened? I remember falling in love with your coffee in college, now I
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    • I really don't enjoy their coffee unless I am desperate, their donuts are frozen and getting smaller, their breakfast is overpriced and pure salt, their lunch isn't terrible, but really I see no reason to go there whatsoever. Tim's, you have been replaced by a combination of Tassimo and instant coffee. Yes, instant coffee is better than yours. What happened? I remember falling in love with your coffee in college, you've been replaced.
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    • d'oops sorry for the double post
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    • skinnydoggy wrote:
      Aug 2nd, 2017 6:18 pm
      d'oops sorry for the double post
      You should be able to delete the duplicate (click the trash icon on the bottom right of the post).
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    • Tim Hortons owner posts weak sales amid ongoing franchisee revolt
      “While RBI continues to be profitable, the same cannot be said for Tim Hortons franchisees,” according to David Hughes, president of the Great White North Franchisee Association

      http://business.financialpost.com/news/ ... 7324b52cdc
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    • what they should do it lower the price of coffee if you have a reusable mug. green and sends a good message.
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    • If your leisure time is worth $11 an hour (some people might find waiting in line relaxing), than every minute you save is 18 cents. So if you use the new Tim Hortons app to order ahead and are able to skip the payment line, Tim Hortons just go cheaper. Although if you use the time savings to stay seated longer. and sitting down is bad for you, maybe Tim Hortons just got more expensive.

      By the way, you don't need data on your phone to use the app, wifi wherever will do. The estimated time of arrival the app provides (you can switch between car and foot), is when your order will be ready. Unfortunately you can't place more than one order at a time for different locations.
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    • the part about falling/low quality and ever-shrinking donuts and muffins is true. Can't believe the donuts are so small compared to many other chains or stores.
      cheapest coffee being offered which is lukewarm at best, gets cold within minutes even in hot summer weather

      I'm so glad I invested in a good thermos years ago and don't need to lineup for that garbage. Save time and money.
      Can't believe there's still so many people lined up daily for garbage fastfood which shrinks and sees a price increase every few months.

      Wish we had more competition in Canada though....
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    • Does anyone know the price of the sausage/egg on a biscuit price? The only thing I'll buy there and it's been so long. I'm craving it now lol

      Thanks

      P.S. I will have to wait until the morning
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