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The Different Types of Canadian Tire Coupons

Gas Bar Coupons

  • First Issued in 1958 at CTC’s Yonge & Davenport Streets service station in Toronto
  • Gas Bar coupons were eventually replaced in 1985 with newer ‘Store’ coupons which were used both in Gas Bars and in Stores.
  • The first series of Gas Bar coupons was printed by British American Bank Note Co. (The same company that prints our Canadian currency) Canadian Tire then printed the next three series and British American Bank Note continued with the last five series.
  • For the first three years, coupons were given out only at the new “Mor-Power” gas bars only and could be exchanged for discounts on store merchandise.
  • By 1962 there were many coupon denominations in circulation including, 1¢, 2¢, 3¢, 4¢, 15¢, 20¢, 30¢, 35¢, 40¢, 45¢ and 60¢. This is one of the reasons why collecting CTC ‘Money’ is such an exciting challenge for collectors.

Early Store Coupons

  • The older ‘Dollar & Tire’ logo was replaced by the well-known Scotsman called Sandy McTire on the coupons.
  • In 1992, all issues of Gas Bar coupons as well as store coupons that say ‘Redeemable at Gas Bars’ were withdrawn from the market. Canadian Tire ‘Money’ was now redeemable for merchandise only in stores.
  • Canadian Tire ‘Money’ is one of Canada’s best-known and most-loved customer reward programs. Considered by many to be a Canadian icon, Canadian Tire are recognized almost universally across Canada.
  • Just like Canadian currency, these coupons were printed by both the Canadian Bank Note Company and the British American Bank Note Company for Canadian Tire.

The Current Series

  • From early 1994 through 1995, Canadian Tire coupons became part of a national program which was offered to all CTC stores.
  • The rollout began with stores in Manitoba and Northwest Ontario and was completed when all Western Canada's stores began issuing Canadian Tire coupons in November of 1995.
  • In the 40 years since the introduction, there have been 30 different series and many different varieties of Canadian Tire coupons. Each series is distinguished by colour, size, style and authorized signatures.
  • The Canadian Tire coupon program was inspired by Muriel Billes, wife of the company’s co-founder, A.J. Billes.
  • Today, Canadian Tire ‘Money’ can be used in any quantity, at any time, toward the purchase of any Canadian Tire in-store product or automotive service (excluding Gas Bar products).

Lubritorium Coupons

  • In the 1960's there was a "Sandy McTire" coupon issued to support Canadian Tire Lubritoriums. Redeemable at Lubritoriums only, the coupons were worth double the value on an oil change or grease job.

Simard / Montcalm

  • In 1963 Jean-Paul Simard acquired his first CTC store in Quebec City. The retail oil division had been controlled by "Les Huiles Montcalm Inc." and included 6 Montcalm Gas Bars. These coupons were used in Quebec until 1987 when the issue was switched to the Early Store Series Coupons.