chik fil a windsor ontario

Chick-fil-A announces a new location for Canada and people are already protesting

People in Windsor are letting the controversial fast food giant, Chick-fil-A, know that it isn't welcome in their city. 

The fast food chain CEO, Dan Cathy, is well known for having anti-LGTBQ values, and has previously said he believes in the “biblical definition of a family unit”. He has donated millions of dollars to charities with a history of discrimination against LGBTQ groups.

Other locations has been met with protests in the recent months, including a location in Toronto.

But unlike protests in other cities, the Windor location isn't even open yet.

On Monday night city council had a site plan approval of the Chick-fil-A at the Devonshire Mall property on the agenda as information only.

A group called Keep Chick-fil-A out of Windsor is getting in front of the company's progress by letting city council know their thoughts on the proposed new location in the city.

The group organized a protest Monday night outside of city hall to “tell city council to vote no.”

"Chick-fil-A is a notoriously bigoted and homophobic fast food chain from the USA. They are unapologetically politically and religiously right-wing, and they have no place in Canada. Their first location in the UK closed after 8 days amid protests, let's do the same here," reads a post in the protester's Facebook group.

About 20 people were in attendance at the protest with signs that read "Cluck off Chik-fil-a," and "Chik-Fil-A hates gay people".

There were also a few people protesting with PETA branded signs that read "meat is murder."

According to CTV News, city council didn’t raise the Chick-fil-A issue on Monday. After the meeting, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said if council decided to not approve a site plan application because council didn’t like the company’s philosophy, the company could successfully appeal.

chick fil a windsor ontario

A rendering of the Chick-fil-A proposed for 3060 Howard Avenue in Windsor, Ontario.

Last month Chick-fil-A announced that in 2020 the Chick-fil-A Foundation is introducing a more focused giving approach that will be working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger. 

Additionally, according to a press release from November 18, the foundation will no longer make multiyear commitments and will reassess its philanthropic partnerships annually to allow maximum impact, which include faith-based and non-faith-based charities.

Lead photo by

Fareen Karim

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