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McDonald’s® is continually seeking a limited number of individuals who are interested in becoming McDonald’s franchisees. People selected as “Registered Applicants” will be those willing to relocate anywhere in Canada. McDonald’s does its utmost to ensure that the candidate will fit within the community that he or she will eventually do business in.

Most owner/operators enter the system by purchasing an existing restaurant, either from McDonald’s or from a McDonald’s owner/operator. A very small number of new operators start by buying a new restaurant. The financial requirements vary depending on the method of acquisition.

Applicant Qualifications

Some of the qualifications McDonald's seeks in a prospective applicant fall into three main categories:
overall business background and experience; personal qualities; and financial abilities.

McDonald's seeks individuals who have extensive business experience, preferably with a strong supervisory and managerial background. Retailing experience is an asset. We are interested in people with a proven track record of success, whether it be in their own business or working for a small or large corporation. We seek people who are prepared for the physical and emotional rigors of operating a multi-million-dollar business with a staff of 50 to 125 people. The candidate should have the ability to relate well with people, both guests and employees. The individual has proven leadership skills and talent managing human resources, in today’s complex environment managing people of different ages and cultural backgrounds.

We make an evaluation of an individual's personality, qualities and characteristics, looking for integrity, honesty, sincerity, initiative and tenacity, to name a few. We want franchisees who will go into their communities, meet their guests and market their restaurants aggressively.

McDonald's looks for individuals who are willing to devote their full time and best efforts to the McDonald's business. We do not grant franchises to investors, partnerships of any type, or corporations.

All McDonald's restaurants operate within a sophisticated management and operational system, and conform to rigidly enforced standards of food quality, quick service, cleanliness and good value. "QSC&V" (Quality, Service, Cleanliness and Value) is McDonald's motto.

Training Program

The applicant must be willing to engage in a full-time (35 to 40 hours per week) or part-time (minimum of 20 hours per week) training program (totaling approximately 1,600 hours). Although part-time training is primarily in the evenings and on weekends, some training activities may take place during the day from Monday to Friday. The training program is self-administered and all hours devoted to it are considered part of the applicant's commitment to and investment in becoming a McDonald's franchisee. The applicant must also follow various management courses, some of which may have a nominal charge. The total training in restaurant, including the management courses, takes approximately 9 months to 2 years to complete.

Financial Requirements/Down Payment

An initial down payment is required when you purchase a new restaurant (40% of the total cost) or an existing restaurant (25% of the total cost). The down payment must come from non-borrowed, unencumbered personal resources, which include cash on hand; securities, bonds, and debentures; vested profit sharing (net of taxes); and business or real estate equity, exclusive of your personal residence.

Since the total cost varies from restaurant to restaurant, the minimum amount for a down payment will vary. Generally, we require a minimum of $1,000,000 of non-borrowed (unencumbered) funds available to invest. Multi-restaurant franchise opportunities are increasingly common and are appropriate for applicants with higher levels of non-borrowed funds available to invest – typically $2,000,000 or more. The franchise opportunities available to an applicant increase for those with more non-borrowed funds available to invest.


We require that the buyer pay a minimum of 25% cash as a down payment toward the purchase of a restaurant. The remaining balance of the purchase price may be financed for a period of no more than seven years. While McDonald's does not offer financing, McDonald's owner/operators enjoy the benefits of our established relationships with many national lending institutions. We believe our owner/operators enjoy the lowest lending rates in the industry.

Ongoing Fees

During the term of the franchise, you pay McDonald's the following fees: Service fee: a monthly fee based upon the restaurant's sales performance (currently a service fee of 4.0% of monthly gross sales). Rent: a monthly base rent and/or percentage rent that is a percentage of monthly gross sales.

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