Canada’s first Chipotlane drive-thru opens Oct. 25

After the significant success of its Chipotlane drive-thru lanes in the U.S., Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening its first Canadian Chipotlane on October 25.

The Chipotlane drive-thru lane allows customers to pick up digital orders without leaving their cars, placing their order in advance via the Chipotle app or Chipotle website and driving up to grab their meal.

The first such Canadian location will be at 2325 Ottawa St. in Port Coquitlam, B.C. It will be open seven days a week from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. The location was previously announced back in March.

Chipotle Canada is now hiring for its Port Coquitlam location and in advance of future potential expansion across Canada.

To date, Chipotle has approximately 280 Chipotlanes located in the U.S. which differ from the traditional Chipotle layout by increasing access and convenience with a speedy and seamless guest experience.

Chipotle currently has 25 restaurants in Canada and plans to open three additional restaurants in B.C. and Ontario before the end of the year. 

“We are excited to provide Port Coquitlam guests the option to grab their digital Chipotle orders without ever leaving their car,” said Anat Davidzon, Managing Director, Chipotle Canada. “The new location will also bring additional career opportunities to the area for residents interested in cultivating a better world through real food.” 

In August, Chipotle increased restaurant wages in Canada to a $15 minimum hourly rate in Ontario restaurants, and a $16 minimum hourly rate in B.C. restaurants.

In addition to robust benefits and a competitive hourly rate, the company also offers its workers the chance to advance to a Restaurateur, the highest General Manager position, in as little as three-and-a-half years, with an average compensation of more than $125,000. The company also offers a Cultivate Education program, which allows eligible employees to be reimbursed for tuition up to $5,250 per year in qualifying programs. The full suite of benefits includes access to healthcare, retirement savings, free mental health benefits for employees and family members, and more.

In an added effort to boost its recruiting efforts in Canada, Chipotle also recently introduced a $200 referral bonus for employees who refer a crew member and a $750 referral bonus for employees who refer an Apprentice or General Manager in Canada.