160+ Senior Discounts In Canada

January 18, 2024

You can find senior discounts for Canadians everywhere: when dining out at restaurants, when booking a flight or a rental car, and at the grocery store and pharmacy. The hard part is keeping track of all of them and staying up-to-date on which discounts are still valid and which have expired.

That's why we've collected 160+ senior discounts in Canada so you can learn about all of them in one place. We update this list weekly, too, so bookmark it and come back in a month or two for a revised list of how you can save money as a senior in Canada.

What Are Senior Discounts?

Senior discounts are discounts made available to older Canadians. The exact age an individual becomes eligible for a senior discount varies by the establishment, but the typical ages tend to be around 55 to 60 years old. Some companies only offer exclusive discounts to seniors 65 years or older, which is the conventionally accepted retirement age. Just as the government of Canada treats 65+ individuals receiving CPP and OAS slightly differently, the same goes for Canadians receiving senior discounts.

You can always inquire in each store to know whether your age is eligible for a unique discount or not.

What is CARP?

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons is for Canadian senior citizens ages 50 and above. Members of CARP are entitled to the benefits offered to seniors by the establishments. Canadians 50+ can join CARP for an annual fee of $19.95

CARP Membership Requirements

Each establishment observes specific membership requirements before seniors can get the benefits.

  • Age: Technically, seniors are individuals who have reached 50 and above. However, some establishments limit the discounts they offer to specific ages such as 55, 60, 65 years old, or a different age that they determine.
  • Ask: Always ask the establishment if they offer senior discounts because they don’t automatically apply them if you purchase or get products or food from them. Before you pay, ask them first.
  • Identification Card: Government IDs are essential in providing proof that an individual is qualified for senior discounts. Examples of these IDs are a driver's license, Old Age Status (OAS) card, passport, or health card.

Restaurant Discounts for Seniors in Canada

StoresDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Burger KingFree coffee or 10% discount 55+Location may varyThe discounts may differ depending on the location of the branch. 
Tim Hortons10% discount May vary on the locationMay vary on the location.Some branches offer discounts, but some may not. 
Church’s Chicken30% discount55+TuesdaysThey offer coupons and codes on their website. 
Denny’s RestaurantSenior section menu and 15% off 55+Daily or Thursdays between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.The senior section menu is offered daily while the 15% discount is exclusive on Thursdays. 
A & WDiscounts for tea, coffee, and food60+May vary on the location.Ask the branch representative about the senior discounts.
IHOP55+ menu with discounted costs55+DailyAll of the branches in Canada offer a senior discounted menu. 
KFCSmall drinks or discounts 55+Daily or Tuesdays exclusive discountsDiscounts offered may vary depending on the location.
Knight & DayDiscounted senior section menu 60+4 p.m. to 9 p.m.The special menu for seniors is only available for a limited time daily.
McdonaldsDiscounts on coffee or coffee with muffin set 55+ or 60+ DailySome locations offer 20% coffee discounts to seniors aged 55 years old and above.
Applebee’sMay vary on the location55+May vary on the locationN/A
Golden Griddle10% discount55+DailyAll of the menus are qualified for senior discounts except alcoholic beverages.
Perkins Restaurant & BakeryDiscounted senior section menu55+DailyContact the branch for the available senior discounts
Sals & Sals Xpress Discounted special menu55+DailyAvailable in Manitoba only.
Salisbury HouseDiscounted “Silver” menu55+May vary on the branch.Winnipeg and Steinback in Manitoba only.
Mandarin Restaurant20% off for buffet cost65+DailySeniors must show a valid ID to qualify.
Imperial Buffet35% discount55+Monday to Thursday and FridayDiscounted lunch and dinner are for Monday to Thursday while lunch discounts are only on Friday.
The PantryDiscounted senior menu65+May vary on the location.Ask for more info in every branch.
Ricky’s Restaurants10% off65+May vary on the location.They provide coupons online.
Subway10% off60+DailySenior discounts are limited to some stores or depend on the manager’s discretion.
Taco BellFree drinks or 5% meal discount60+ or 65+May vary on the location.Ask for more info in every branch.
Wendy’s Restaurant10% discounts or discounted/free drinks65+May vary on the location.Contact the branch for the available senior discounts.
White SpotDiscounted senior menu65DailyN/A
Dunkin DonutsLarge or extra-large drinks and free donutsMay vary on the location.May vary on the location.The age qualification and frequency depend on the branch location. 
Boston PizzaOffers fidelity card60+6th dinner is freeCoupons and discounts are also available online for a specific period. 
Buffet Royal Restaurant25% discount60+Between 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.Discounts are available for a limited period only.
Ruby King Restaurant10% discount60+DailyBring valid IDs to qualify for the discounts.
Smitty’s 10% off or free meal during birthdays or 5% saving certificate60+DailySmitty’s Seniors Club was replaced with MySmitty’s Rewards.
Humpty’s Restaurant20% discount55+TuesdaysMake sure to bring a valid ID to qualify for the senior discount. 
Papa John’s25% discount60+Ask for the availability.Discounts are usually applied for online orders, and it is offered only in Atlantic Canada. 

Food & Grocery Store Discounts for Seniors in Canada

StoresDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Bulk Barn10% discount65+WednesdaysBring a valid ID to get the discounts.
M & M Meats5% or 10% discount May vary on the locationDepending on the discount offeredMost of the branches offer automatic 10% discounts on full-priced orders every day while 5% off on Tuesdays.
Liquor Depot/Barn5% discount65+TuesdaysDiscounts offered are only available in Alberta and British Columbia.
Arby’s5% discount or free drinks55+May vary on the location.Some branches may offer discounts and others offer free drinks. 
Herb & Spice Shop10% discount65+DailyDiscounts may not be available to all of the stores.
Kardish Health Food10% discount65+TuesdaysAsk branch representatives to know if they offer senior discounts.
McGavin's Bread Basket10% discount60+WednesdaysAsk for senior discounts for every total purchase. 
Safeway10% discountAsk for age qualificationFirst Tuesday or first or third Wednesday of the monthThey offer discounts on specific days or scenarios such as customer appreciation day, every $35 total purchase, the first Tuesday or Wednesday of the month, or using Safeway Card.
Bruno’s Fine FoodsMay vary on the location.May vary on the location.On selected dates onlyContact the store to know how receive their senior discount. 
Farm Fresh5% discount55+Tuesdays and ThursdaysBring a valid ID to qualify.
Sobey’s10% discountAsk the storeFirst Tuesday of the month and 3rd Wednesday of the month in Safeway LocationsMake sure to ask about the senior discounts offered. 
Amaranth Foods10% discount65+TuesdaysDiscounts are only available in Calgary and St. Albert branches. 
Nature’s Fare Markets5% discount65+DailyCases or bulk bags filled with products are entitled to a 10% discount. 
Community Natural Foods5% discount65+DailyOnly available in Calgary. Valid ID is required and not offered for online purchases.

Pharmacy Discounts for Canadian Seniors

Pharmacy/ProgramDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Provincial and Territorial Public Drug Benefit ProgramsInquire about the requirements for qualification.Ask the authorized person.Every purchaseSeniors that have a low income are supported by the government through this program.
Medical Services PlansSeniors that earn below $22,000 are qualifiedAsk the authorized personEvery purchaseEligible seniors receive particular benefits such as the Premium Assistance Program. 
Shoppers Drug Mart20% discount65+ThursdaysOnly seniors that hold a PC Optimum Card can get the discount. Gift cards, lottery tickets, tobacco, and alcohol are excluded from the discount.
Rexall Pharma Plus20% discount for CARP members only65+Weekly and another special discount every last Tuesday of the monthSpecific regulations may apply
Lawtons Drugs20% discount55+Once a month and the location may varyMost discounts are applied on Wednesdays.
Jean Coutu10% discount65+WednesdaysContact the store to know more info
Pharma Plus20% discount65+last Tuesday of the monthExclusions may apply.
Pharmasave10% discount65+Once a monthThe discount day varies from every branch. Contact the pharmacy for more details.

Retail Store Discounts for Seniors

StoresDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Carlton Cards10% discount60+DailyAsk for a senior discount on every purchase.
Michaels10% discount60+DailyAll purchases are eligible for a senior discount.
Giant Tiger10% discount60+First Monday of the monthDiscounts may not be available in other branches. 
Pet Valu10% discount60+Last Thursday of the monthSenior discounts are available only for Pet Valu Your Rewards or VIP plus members.
Global Pet Foods15% discount60+last Tuesday of the monthDiscounts may vary on the location and it’s exclusive only for the rewards card holders.
The Bay15% discount55+ or 60+First Tuesday of the monthAsk the store about the minimum age requirement to get the discount. 
Canadiana Flowers15% discount55+May vary on the location.Discounts are only offered to CARP members.
Hallmark10% discount65+Once a weekSenior Discounts may not be available to some stores.
Canadian Tire10% discount65+First Wednesday of the monthThe discounts are only applied to regular-priced items.

Thrift Stores and Clothing Discounts for Seniors

StoresDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Salvation Army Thrift Store10% discount60+May vary on the location.Ask the branch if they offer senior discounts and bring a valid ID.
Value Village30% discount55+TuesdaysThe discount schedule may vary in every store location.
Goodwill 25% discount55+Second Monday of the monthDiscounts are only available in stores in Ontario and Alberta.
Goodwill Amity10% discount65+DailyContact a specific branch for more information.

Banking Discounts for Canadian Seniors

Financial Institution/ BankDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
ScotiabankLow monthly fees/ 12 Free transactions per month/ $4 off for other checking accounts 60+MonthlySelected checking and savings account.
Bank of MontrealFree checking and savings account or $300 bonus for premium accounts60+Every transactionWith benefits from the bank.
Canadian Imperial Bank of CommerceLow monthly fees, annual discounts, and free services60+Every transactionBenefits are applied to checking and saving accounts.
TD BankExclusive benefits60+Every opening of an accountN/A
ATB FinancialFreedom Account, 10$ discounts for opening a safety box, no monthly fees, unlimited transactions, and personalized checks59+Depending on the transaction.Benefits are applied based on the transactions.
National Bank of CanadaLow monthly fees for Modest Checking Account60+Every opening of an accountN/A
Home Equity BankUp to 55% can be appraised from the customer’s primary home55+Every applicationOnly applies to CHIP Open Reverse Mortgage loans from the bank.
Royal Bank of CanadaFree transactions, check writing, 50% discount on annual fees, and additional benefits60+Depending on the transactionApplies to the RBC SIxty Plus Account and members of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Retired Persons.
Servus Credit UnionZero fees for banking plans, 100 free checks, or 10$ off for the safety deposit box’s annual fee, and other discounts60+Depending on the transactionVisit their website for more information
Canadian Western BankNo monthly fee for Gold Leaf Plus Account with unlimited transactions, complimentary checks, and $15 safety deposit box’s rentals57+Depending on the transactionN/A

Home Improvement & Building Supplies Discounts for Seniors

StoresDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Home Hardware20% discountMay vary on the location.Selected daysContact branch about the age discount schedules.
Rona10% discount50+First Tuesday of the monthPromos are currently unavailable. Check offers next time.
Reno Depot10% discount55+First Tuesday of the monthN/A
Cloverdale Paints25% discount for paint and 15% off for accessories and tools60+First Tuesday of the monthPaint discounts are daily.
Art Knapps10% discount60+First Wednesdays of the monthDiscounts may vary depending on the branch.

Travel and Transportation Discounts for Seniors


TransitDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
BC FerriesFree travel65+Mondays to ThursdaysTravelling with a vehicle on a ferry route is excluded. Not available on holidays. 
St. John’s Metrobus10 discounted ride passes and monthly passesAsk for the age qualificationUntil benefits are all used or every monthNo discounts for single rides.
Winnipeg TransitPeggo E-passes and single fare discounted rates65+Each rideBring ID to qualify.
GO Transit50% discount65+Single rides No discounts for Day Pass.
OC TranspoFree travel for O-Train and OC Transpo BusesAsk for the age qualificationSundays and WednesdaysPresto members are entitled to  monthly pass discounts.
Halifax TransitDiscounted rates65+Free travel on Tuesdays in between 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and after 6 p.m.N/A
British Columbia Transportation SystemDiscounted rates60+Every rideQualification includes low-income, have a disability, or eligible with BC Bus Pass’ Criteria.
Calgary TransitRegular Senior Yearly Pass and Low Income Seniors Yearly Pass65+Depending on the validity of the passesSeniors are only eligible to apply for the passes.
Ottawa TransitFree Rides65+WednesdaysN/A
York Region TransitDiscounted rates for 10 tickets and monthly passesAsk for age qualificationsUntil all offers are usedCheck website for more info.
Greyhound10% discount 62+Each ride Bring ID to qualify. 

Car Rental Discounts

Car RentalsDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Thrifty5% discount50+Every rentalN/A
HertzUp to 20% discounts and special rental offers50+Every rentalDiscounts are offered to the 50 Plus Car Rental Program.
Budget25% to 30% discounts65+Every rentalDiscounts are only available to CARP members.
Avis25% discountAsk for age qualificationsEvery rentalExclusive for CARP members.
Europcar20% discountAsk for age qualificationsEvery rentalExclusive for CARP members.

Airline & Airfare Discounts

AirlinesDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Air Canada10% discount60+Every flightDiscounts are applied to base fares before surcharges and taxes .
CheapOAirDiscounts on particular ticketsAsk for age qualificationSelected tickets onlyNo specific age is provided on their website.
Park’N Fly20% discountAsk for age qualificationDepending on the offerExclusive for CARP members.
Transat Discoveries$200 per coupleAsk for age qualificationSome Europe departuresExclusive for CARP members.
First Air10% discounted fares55+Depending on the offerN/A
American AirlinesDiscounts may varyAsk for age qualificationDepending on the offerCARP members may receive extra discounts.

Railway Discounts

RailwaysDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Toronto Transit CommissionTTC Rail Fares discounts65+Each rideAvailable for payments using a Presto card, cash or other monthly passes.
Amtrak10% discount65+Each rideNot offered for fares, connecting services, and select upgrades.
VIA Rail10% discount 60+Each rideCAA members receive another 10% discount.

Entertainment Discounts for Seniors in Canada

Museum Discounts

MuseumDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Canadian Canoe MuseumDiscounted admission fee65+Each visitBring valid ID for qualification.
Bata Shoe MuseumTickets are discounted by $2. Ask for age qualificationsEach visitBring valid ID for qualification.
Winnipeg Art GalleryAdmission fee discounts from $15 to $1865+Each visitN/A
Canadian Museum of HistoryDiscounted admission fee65+Each visitBring valid ID for qualification.
Canadian Museum for Human RightsDiscounted admission fee65+Each visitOnly in Winnipeg.
Canadian Museum of NatureDiscounted ticket that costs $14 only65+Each visitRegular fee is $16 for adults.
Canadian War Museum Tickets are discounted by 30%. 65+Each visitBring valid ID for qualification.
Vancouver Art GalleryTickets are discounted by 30%. 65+Each visitAdmission fee is by donation only on the first Monday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Rooms (St John)Tickets are discounted by 30%. 60+Each visitN/A
Hockey Hall of FameTickets are discounted by 5%. 65+Each visitApplied to single and group tickets.
Museum of AnthropologyTickets are discounted by 13%. Ask for age qualificationsEach visitN/A
The Royal Ontario MuseumTickets are discounted by 20%.65+Each visitN/A
Textile Museum of CanadaPay any amountAsk for age qualificationsWednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.N/A
Art Gallery of OntarioAdmission discounts65+Wednesday 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.N/A

Theatre Discounts

MuseumDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Theatre CalgaryOffers “Senior Saturday Matinees” 65+Selected shows onlyConditions may apply.
Science NorthAdmission fee discount65+For exhibit and theaterN/A
Maison de la Culture$5 discount 60+Selected playsN/A
Empire TheatersAdmission fee only cost $8 or $5.50 65+TuesdaysN/A
Ottawa Little TheatreIndividual admission costs $2260+Selected shows onlyN/A
National Arts CentreDiscounts when a subscriber to a series65+Depending on the seriesN/A
Great Canadian Theater CompanyIndividual admission costs $35.7765+Ask for more informationN/A
Vancouver Art Gallery30% discount65+Ask for more informationN/A
Toronto Symphony Orchestra25% discountAsk for age qualificationsSelected showsExclusive for CARP members.
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra25% discount65+Ask for more informationExclusive for CARP members.
Montgomery’s InnSenior discount65+Ask for more informationN/A

Cinema Discounts

CinemaDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Cineplex Cinema$8 General admission 65+Every visit and $6 on TuesdaysN/A
3D Cinema $11 admission fee Ask for age qualifications$9 on TuesdaysN/A
IMAX Cinemas$12 admission fee Ask for age qualifications$11 on TuesdaysN/A
Cinéma StarCité Gatineau$9 General admission Ask for age qualifications$6 on TuesdaysN/A
ByTowne Cinema$7 admission fee65+Ask cinema for more infoN/A
Landmark Cinemas20% admission fee discount65+MondaysN/A

Zoo Discounts

ZooDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Toronto ZooDiscounted admission or membership fees65+For individual or couple purchasesFees may change every season.
Jurrasic Forest$3 admission fee discount60+DailyN/A
Canada’s WonderlandDiscounted general admission and seasonal pass60+Each visit and seasonN/A

Hotel Discounts for Canadian Seniors

HotelDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Fairmont Hotels10% discount and $50 dining credit55+DailyN/A
Best Western15% discounts 55+DailyExclusive for CARP Members.
Sandman Hotel GroupOffers senior discounts 55+Ask for more informationExclusive for 55Plus membership online.
Travelodge Hotels10% discount for regular room rates50+Every check-inFree in-room coffee, long distance phone call, free newspapers.
Choice Hotels10% discount60+Every selected room reservationsN/A
Holiday Inn ExpressSenior discounts62+Participating locationsN/A
DoubleTreeSenior discounts62+Participating locationsN/A
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts20% discount60+Ask during reservationsExclusive for CARP members.
InterContinental Hotel GroupSenior discounts62+Participating locationsN/A
RadissonSenior discounts and free services62+Participating locationsN/A
Marriot15% discount 62+Participating locationsN/A
Hilton Hotels5% discount 60+For standard room ratesExclusive for CARP members.
Hyatt50% discount62+Participating locationsN/A
Howard Johnson Hotels10% discount 55+Ask for more informationAARP members are entitled to 15% to 30% discounts.
Motel 6/ Studio 6 Canada10% discount60+Ask for more informationBring valid ID to qualify .
Sutton Place Hotel40% discount55+Booking standard room ratesOffers $10 gift cards per night stay.

Natural & Health Stores Discounts for Seniors

StoresDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Nutters Everyday Naturals10% discount60+MondaysDiscount offers are available in some of the stores in Western Canada.
Gentle Rain Health Food Store10% discountMay vary on the location.ThursdaysDiscounts are only available in branches in Stratford, Ontario.

Eye Care Discounts for Seniors

StoresDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Lens Crafters 30% discountAsk for age qualificationsAsk for more informationExclusive for CAA members.
Iris EyecareDiscounts on the lens, laser surgery, and framesAsk for age qualificationsAsk for more informationExclusive for CARP members.
Pearle Vision30% discountAsk for age qualificationsAsk for more informationExclusive BCAA members.

Service & Utility Discounts for Seniors in Canada

Service & UtilityDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
York UniversityWaivers for academic fee60+Ask for more informationLocated in Toronto.
Canadian UniversitiesDiscounts and other offers55+Ask for more informationAvailable at the University of BC, Simon Fraser University, and Capilano University.
Enbridge“Golden Age Service”  program provides security deposits waivers, options to use pension check for monthly gas bills65+Ask for more informationN/A
Scrubbi10% discountAsk for age qualifications Every service availedFor professional cleaning services.
Zoomer Wireless10% discountAsk for age qualificationsMonthly planExclusive to CARP members.
City of Toronto Snow ClearingFree snow-removal for city-owned sidewalks65+Ask for more informationPersonal driveways are excluded.
First Choice Hair Cutters20% discount60+Monday to Thursday N/A

Parks & Attractions Discounts for Seniors

Parks & AttractionsDescriptionMinimum AgeFrequencyNotes
Parks CanadaDiscounts for Discovery Pass and 12% discounts to other fees65+Day and yearly passSome conditions may apply.
Attractions Ontario50% discountAsk for age qualificationsEvery selected attraction to visitN/A
BC Parks50% discount65+From Labor Day to June 15Some conditions may apply.
Milne Dam Conservation Park50% discount for admission feeAsk for age qualificationsWeekends and statutory holidays from Easter to ThanksgivingN/A

The Bottom Line

Seniors make up a significant portion of Canada's population and as such, many businesses offer exclusive discounts and perks to this demographic. This includes businesses from a wide range of categories including travel, entertainment, shopping, and dining, and there are multiple saving options in each category. If you add additional government-sponsored retirement income sources like the Canada Pension Plan, Worker's Benefits and others, you'll find that Canadian seniors are much better off than seniors in other countries. Add to that some good financial planning counselling through companies like Retirable, and you're laughing.

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