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McDonald's Canada is Launching New MyMcDonald's Rewards Program on November 16th

McDonald's Canada is Launching New MyMcDonald's Rewards Program on November 16th

By Thomas Kenzaki

McDonald's Canada is launching a brand new customer rewards program on November 16th called MyMcDonald's Rewards. It provides Canadians more options than ever before to both earn points and redeem them for rewards.

Their current rewards program, which is limited to just coffee and french fries, is being discontinued and the new points based MyMcDonald’s Rewards program is set to replace it across Canada.

MyMcDonald’s Rewards was introduced earlier this year in the US, and the similarly named Canadian version is scheduled to debut next week. Both are based around earning points for purchases which can then be redeemed towards various tiers of rewards, however in Canada there’s more tiers, and more rewards available.

According to McDonald’s Canada Chief Marketing Officer, Alyssa Buetikofer, one of the main reasons for the change was to attract more customers by expanding the rewards program to include more menu items,

How to Earn and Redeem Points

To start, you’ll need to download the McDonald’s app to your mobile device, register for an account, and then activate your MyMcDonald’s Rewards account. If you already have the latest version of their mobile app, you’re good to go.

With MyMcDonald’s Rewards, you’ll earn 100 points for every $1 spent (excluding taxes, fees, gift cards, delivery orders and select other items).

All mobile orders made through the McDonald’s app will automatically receive points, but to receive points for orders placed at the restaurant, you’ll need to provide your rewards code from the app when you place your order.

Now that you know how to earn points, you need to learn what you can use your points on. There are five different tiers of rewards categories, with the first starting at just 2,000 points.

Here’s a breakdown of the different levels and the menu items within each:

2,000 Points

  • Premium Roast Coffee/Tea/Iced Coffee (any size)
  • Hash brown
  • Vanilla Cone
  • 2 Li’L Donuts

4,000 Points

  • Fries (any size)
  • Sausage McMuffin
  • Cheeseburger
  • Latte (any size)

6,000 Points

  • McDouble
  • McMuffin Breakfast Sandwich (choose from Egg McMuffin, Bacon ‘N Egg McMuffin or Sausage ‘N Egg McMuffin)
  • Junior Chicken
  • Snack Size McFlurry

10,000 Points

  • Big Mac
  • McMuffin Extra Value Meal (choose from Egg McMuffin, Bacon ‘N Egg McMuffin or Sausage ‘N Egg McMuffin Extra Value Meal)
  • 6-pc Chicken McNuggets
  • Happy Meal (any)

14,000 Points

  • Quarter Pounder with Cheese Extra Value Meal
  • Big Mac Extra Value Meal
  • McChicken Extra Value Meal
  • 10-pc Chicken McNuggets

Your points will continue to accumulate within the app until redeemed, or until they expire which happens 6 months after they were earned. This should give most customers plenty of time to redeem them as you’ll only need to spend $20 within a 6 month span to earn a tier 1 rewards item.

What Happens to Existing McDonald’s Rewards and McCafé Rewards Stickers?

Your previously accumulated McDonald’s Rewards punches in the app will be automatically transitioned to points at a rate of 300 points for every punch, and any free rewards you have will be redeemable until February 28, 2022.

For those of you wondering about the McCafé Rewards stickers and cards, they’re going to be sticking around (no pun intended) for the time being except in Manitoba and Kenora, Dryden and Fort Frances, ON where the program is being sunset as part of a test.

With the absence of a physical rewards card (like with Tim Horton’s rewards program), it’s good to know that the popular coffee sticker program will not immediately come to an end (except for in the previously mentioned regions) and will still provide some rewards to customers without a mobile device and those less technologically inclined.

To assist with the roll out of MyMcDonald’s Rewards, guest experience leaders will be available at restaurants to help customers with issues like connecting to McDonald’s WiFi, and answering any questions they might have about the new program.

Special Bonus Offers

As a special introductory offer, customers making their first purchase will receive 5,000 bonus points on their first MyMcDonald’s Rewards order of $1 or more (enough for free fries, a sausage McMuffin, cheeseburger, or latte).

While the above bonus points offer is only available on your first purchase, McDonald’s will continue to offer MyMcDonald’s Rewards bonus offers in the app, allowing you to earn extra points for making select purchases from time to time.

Final Thoughts

The transition from McDonald’s Rewards to MyMcDonald’s Rewards is an improvement for customers who aren’t big fans of coffee or fries, as it opens up the ability to earn rewards points for almost every purchase, and can also be redeemed towards select items across the entire menu range.

Now that you know all about MyMcDonald's Rewards, what do you think about the new rewards program? Let us know in the comments if you’re a fan of the change or not.

39 Comments

    • ^ Thanks. It's nice to know we have a RFDer watching our McInterests. :)
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    • If you are someone who goes to Mcdonald's solely for the coffee, this is very dissapointing as this rewards program is significantly worse and offers no free coffee. The only coffee redemption available in this program is a Large Iced Coffee, which you will be able to get after purchasing 30 coffees.

      If you are someone who goes to Mcdonad's for food it is definetly a good change.
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    • bran2540 wrote: If you are someone who goes to Mcdonald's solely for the coffee, this is very dissapointing as this rewards program is significantly worse and offers no free coffee. The only coffee redemption available in this program is a Large Iced Coffee, which you will be able to get after purchasing 30 coffees.

      If you are someone who goes to Mcdonad's for food it is definetly a good change.
      Yup, outside of the periods where McDonald's drops coffees to $1 my family is a Tim Horton's one (I'm not much of a coffee guy myself). At least provided it remains relatively similar to the US program, you can finally go for large. That's one of the big gripes I have with the current program, you can't upsize for a little extra like you can with the physical McCafe cards.
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    • if i have the physical stamp coffee cards, can i redeem for fries?
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    • Ducky wrote: if i have the physical stamp coffee cards, can i redeem for fries?
      No substitutions

      from On-Cup McCafé Rewards Program Terms and Conditions
      Redemption valid on a medium hot McCafé beverage; choose from single espresso, double espresso, latte, cappuccino, mocha, Americano, brewed coffee, tea or Deluxe Hot Chocolate.

      Exclusions may apply. No cash value. No substitutions. May not be valid for custom orders. Extra charges may apply for additional or substituted ingredients/toppings or other customization.
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    • I don't understand why you'd make this change but then still keep Canada and the US completely separate.

      If you're going to force the crappier rewards program on us at least let us use it in both places.
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    • Points expire on the first (1st) day of the month after the sixth (6th) month from the date such points were earned

      Grrrrreat, who wants that. Not me!
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    • I only go to McD for coffees. I guess the good times are gone.
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    • Please tell me these will still be valid.
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    • So I opened the app this morning and everything was fine and then...

      I can't seem to get rid of this screen either, force-closing the app does nothing.

      *sigh* Whelp
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    • sandikosh wrote: Please tell me these will still be valid.
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      All completed cards must be redeemed by February 28, 2022.
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    • RetroWinnipeg wrote: All completed cards must be redeemed by February 28, 2022.
      Looks like you are going to have alot of free McD's coffee from now until the end of February! Enjoy!
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    • I can't even get an answer out of McDonald's over whether this is declinable or not. Unreal.

      If I lose all my free coffees/fries through no fault of my own I'm just straight-up deleting the app and not going there anymore.
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    • chemicalxv wrote: I can't even get an answer out of McDonald's over whether this is declinable or not. Unreal.

      If I lose all my free coffees/fries through no fault of my own I'm just straight-up deleting the app and not going there anymore.
      You can not decline the change, however you will not lose any free coffee's or fries as long as you use them before February 28, 2022. If you choose to not use them by this date, they will be lost.
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    • bran2540 wrote: You can not decline the change, however you will not lose any free coffee's or fries as long as you use them before February 28, 2022. If you choose to not use them by this date, they will be lost.
      Okay that's good to know, I'm fine with pressing that button then lol.
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    • All earned coffee/fries rewards remain on your account. You just need to redeem all those "classic" digital rewards before February 28, 2022.
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    • Went to McDonald's for breakfast this morning and they rolled out this new program. There were signs in the store advertising it, and the kiosk prompted me to scan my code. Earned 5000 bonus points for my first transaction, and have enough for a lot of free stuff. 100 points/$1 spent. You can still get free coffee with 2000 points, and it looks like almost everything is available with the points.

      Is this just a test region and it isn't nationwide yet? I live in Winnipeg.
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    • Coffees may be 2k points but depending where you order here the coffee prices are like

      $1.39-1.49 for Small
      $1.69-$1.77 for Medium
      $1.89-$1.92 for Large
      $2.09-$2.17 for XL

      So depending on if they round up for not (I know it doesn't factor in taxes) you're looking at a minimum of *ten* coffees needed for 1 free coffee now.
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    • Also yeah here's the full run-down of the rewards:

      (Note any kind of drink is "Any Size")

      2000 points
      -Iced Coffee
      -2 Donuts
      -Coffee
      -Vanilla Cone
      -Tea
      -Hashbrown (only in the mornings)

      4000 points
      -Latte
      -Sausage McMuffin (the one without the egg)
      -Cheeseburger
      -Fries (any size)

      6000 points
      -McMuffin (I don't know if this is just the regular one with the back bacon or any kind, the picture is the regular one)
      -McDouble
      -Snack-size McFlurry
      -Junior Chicken

      10,000 points
      -Happy Meal
      -6 McNuggets
      -McMuffin Extra Value Meal (again don't know if this is just the regular one or any kind)
      -Big Mac

      14,0000 points
      -10 McNuggets
      -Quarter Pounder w/Cheese EVM
      -Big Mac EVM
      -McChicken EVM

      Also one other thing I'm not sure about here is if the regular in-app offers (like $1 for a Vanilla Cone) are sticking around. They're still there (obviously), but the way the whole thing's laid out they could easily be removed.

      I also have the above offer (under "Bonus Points") for 5k points for first $1 purchase and an offer for 100 bonus points for buying a Big Mac or QPC (either just the sandwich or an EVM). The wording in the offer implies it could be multi-use ("limit 100 bonus points per transaction") but I don't see any indication it is actually multi-use.
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    • sandikosh wrote: Please tell me these will still be valid.
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      Sell them on Facebook or start drinking 4 per day until the end of February. You might develop heart arrhythmia by then though. 😂
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    • Don’t forget about the app. Got over a dozen rewards in there plus stacks of cards too. It’s not easy to use them when drinks are like a dollar most time or coupons always out.
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    • bran2540 wrote: Looks like you are going to have alot of free McD's coffee from now until the end of February! Enjoy!
      295 Cards = 295 M Coffee
      295 M Coffee = 295 Stickers
      295 Stickers = 42 Cards 1 Sticker
      42 Cards = 42 M Coffee
      42 M Coffee = 42 Stickers
      42 Stickers = 6 M Coffee
      6 M Coffee = 6 Cards
      6 Cards + From Above = 1 M Coffee

      343 M Coffee!!!!! Almost a year supply!
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    • Tactical wrote: Don’t forget about the app. Got over a dozen rewards in there plus stacks of cards too. It’s not easy to use them when drinks are like a dollar most time or coupons always out.
      30 M Coffee Still have to claim. A total of 373 M Coffee!
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    • The home page of the app mentions that the current rewards offer expires December 31st. Maybe the new program will launch in January and you have until the end of February to redeem or convert?
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    • Looks like the android app has finally updated to support Google Pay as well so you no longer have to give the app your credit card details.
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    • Not sure if app error but got this today lol.
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    • Dave98 wrote: Looks like the android app has finally updated to support Google Pay as well so you no longer have to give the app your credit card details.
      Sweet. At least that's a bit of equality alongside being able to use Apple Pay on the iOS side.
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    • Pardon the double post, just in case anyone is wondering, the iOS release notes indicate that the first pilot is for all of Manitoba as well as most of northwestern Ontario, excluding Thunder Bay.
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    • Okay so turns out you actually get awarded points on partial dollar amounts. The "$1 = 100 points" thing just shows you the ratio. Dunno why this isn't actually explained anywhere.

      Bought an XL coffee today for $2.17+tax and it gave me 5000 points for the bonus offer and 217 points for the coffee.

      So basically if I got charged that amount every time it's a free coffee every 9.2 coffees.
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    • GeeCee wrote: The home page of the app mentions that the current rewards offer expires December 31st. Maybe the new program will launch in January and you have until the end of February to redeem or convert?
      The Dec 31 expiry date has always come and gone in years past without the rewards expiring. HOWEVER, with news about the change to the program, I'm not holding onto my free rewards past Dec 31, 2021 as I'm not sure how the system will treat them this year going into 2022. If you call in, they could possibly just claim that "expires Dec 31, 2021" was on the app and you should have been aware.

      chemicalxv wrote: Okay so turns out you actually get awarded points on partial dollar amounts. The "$1 = 100 points" thing just shows you the ratio. Dunno why this isn't actually explained anywhere.

      Bought an XL coffee today for $2.17+tax and it gave me 5000 points for the bonus offer and 217 points for the coffee.

      So basically if I got charged that amount every time it's a free coffee every 9.2 coffees.
      Thanks for the info @chemicalxv.

      Just curious if you also received a digital sticker on the app in addition to the new points or the digital sticker is no more with the new program?

      I'm holding off on updating the app until I can redeem most of my digital freebies.
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    • trystee wrote: The Dec 31 expiry date has always come and gone in years past without the rewards expiring. HOWEVER, with news about the change to the program, I'm not holding onto my free rewards past Dec 31, 2021 as I'm not sure how the system will treat them this year going into 2022. If you call in, they could possibly just claim that "expires Dec 31, 2021" was on the app and you should have been aware.




      Thanks for the info @chemicalxv.

      Just curious if you also received a digital sticker on the app in addition to the new points or the digital sticker is no more with the new program?

      I'm holding off on updating the app until I can redeem most of my digital freebies.
      The digital stickers are gone, it's entirely point-based now.

      The only thing to note is that if you travel outside the pilot area (so Manitoba and Kenora/Dryden/Fort Frances) you "revert" to the old My Rewards, but you cannot gain digital stickers and you don't gain points either.
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    • RetroWinnipeg wrote: All completed cards must be redeemed by February 28, 2022.
      I can confirm that paper cards are being given the axe too, and the date sounds about right. They've stated this fact in the menu rotation indoors but I wasn't able to get a glimpse of the date since there were 4 delivery drivers waiting on orders. But I don't have any particular reason to doubt that date.

      Probably what'll happen if it hasn't already is that once Monopoly comes, they'll use that as an opportunity to stop handing stickers out for good instead of just "for the duration of Monopoly" as is usually the case during then, and then you have that much time to use them.
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    • does that look to be more than 1 coffee (or mccafe beverage) a day til they expire?
      addendum: kudos to OP and RFD... otherwise i would have had NO CLUE they stamps had a shelf life.

      sandikosh wrote: Please tell me these will still be valid.
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    • greatgordini wrote: does that look to be more than 1 coffee (or mccafe beverage) a day til they expire?
      addendum: kudos to OP and RFD... otherwise i would have had NO CLUE they stamps had a shelf life.
      2 Medium coffee a day.
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    • Where to find how much points i have in the app? Is there a physical rewards card like tim hortons? Thx
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    • in the past year or so we've cut out these fast food and even coffee buying already.......hardly even go to mcdz now anyway......everything is getting expensive so rather just make it at home and bring my thermos. Or drink water instead
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    • seniors: i hate moible apps
      i love coffee stickers
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    • Trying to use up those coffee cards since reading this! I wonder what's going to happen to the resellers online lol so many people sell the cards
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