The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Canada in 1981. In 1982, Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada was created by McDonald’s ensuring that every future House would have a foundation of support. Since then McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada have been committed partners in helping sick children and their families by the following:
- Ten cents from the sale of every Happy Meal is donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada.
- McDonald’s Restaurants across Canada host McHappy Day, which is an annual day of giving to support local children’s charities, including Ronald McDonald Houses.
- Restaurants also collect public donations through coin boxes supporting their local community and Ronald McDonald Houses.
- Many McDonald’s suppliers support Ronald McDonald Houses as contributors, volunteers and national donors.
Approximately 20 per cent of the House’s annual operating costs come from Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, donations from McDonald’s Happy Meal Program, coin boxes and the nominal fee families pay to stay at the House. At this time, RMHH does not receive funding from any agency or government and the remaining 80 per cent of the annual budget is raised through fundraising activities and through the contribution of our generous donors.