Nova Scotia natives and NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon recorded a video message to support the campaign, which supports individuals, families and communities impacted by the recent tragedy

Today, Tim Hortons and its 1,500 restaurant owners across Canada expanded the availability of the Nova Scotia Strong donut, to support those affected by the heartbreaking events in the province.

The Nova Scotia Strong donut is now on sale nationwide and 100 per cent of the retail price (excluding taxes) is being donated to the Canadian Red Cross Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund. The donut originally launched in Nova Scotia on Sunday.

Given the urgent push to start fundraising, the Nova Scotia Strong donut design will vary by restaurant depending on what supplies owners have available. A variety of creative designs have been sold in Nova Scotia during the early days of the campaign.

NHL stars Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon recorded a video to help raise awareness of the Nova Scotia Strong donut and how it's raising funds.

"As proud Nova Scotians, we are incredibly saddened by the tragedy that took place in our community. To show our support, we've partnered with Tim Hortons to give every Canadian a way to show theirs," said Crosby and MacKinnon. "Let's show Nova Scotians how all Canadians stand with them."

Tim Hortons has previously acted quickly to release special limited-edition donuts to lend support to victims of other tragedies, including the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash and the 2013 floods in Alberta.

"Canadians have shown time and time again that they will be there for their neighbours in times of crisis," said Tim Hortons Chief Marketing Officer Hope Bagozzi. "This tragedy has been all the more devastating given how Canadians were already struggling with the unprecedented nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thinking about how family and friends cannot mourn their loved ones with a traditional funeral service at this time is all the more heart-wrenching. From all of us at Tim Hortons, our hearts go out to all those who are hurting right now – we are thinking of you."

Debert, one of the close-knit Nova Scotia communities that was struck by this tragedy, is home to a Tim Hortons warehouse that employs many residents in the region. Christy Breed, a Tim Hortons restaurant owner in Dartmouth, said the Tim Hortons community was eager to rally together to support the families of victims.

"We have all been devastated by the details of this unimaginable tragedy and are heartbroken for the families who lost loved ones," said Breed. "I am very grateful that my fellow Tim Hortons restaurant owners across the country are coming together to support Nova Scotia as we try to cope with this tragedy."

The Canadian Red Cross Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund, in partnership with the Nova Scotia government, will support individuals, families and communities impacted by the Nova Scotia tragedy with immediate and long-term needs, including resiliency and capacity building.

The Nova Scotia Strong donut retails for $1.59* and will be available until May 5th at participating restaurants across Canada.

*Prices vary by region.

About Tim Hortons® Canada

In 1964, the first Tim Hortons® restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario opened its doors and Canadians have been ordering Tim Hortons iconic Original Blend coffee, Double-Double ™ coffees, Donuts and Timbits® in the years since. Over the last 55 years, Tim Hortons has captured the hearts and taste buds of Canadians. Tim Hortons is Canada's largest restaurant chain operating in the quick service industry serving over 5 million cups of coffee every day with 80% of Canadians visiting one of nearly 4,000 Tim Hortons in Canada at least once a month. More than a coffee and bake shop, Tim Hortons is part of the Canadian fabric and guests can enjoy hot and cold specialty beverages – including lattes, cappuccinos and espressos, teas and our famous Iced Capps™ – alongside delicious breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, soups and more. Tim Hortons has more than 4,800 restaurants in Canada, the United States and around the world. For more information on Tim Hortons visit

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