B.C. circuit-breaker relief grant open for applications

British Columbia is now accepting applications for the B.C. circuit-breaker relief grant for foodservice and hospitality businesses hurt by the recent COVID-19 restrictions. Eligible businesses include restaurants, pubs, bars, coffee shops, cafes, cafeterias, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and tasting rooms. The grant is repurposing $50 million from the province’s $345 million Business Recovery Grant to […]

Ontario hotel industry urgently requests COVID-19 vaccination

Various Ontario hotel associations have collaborated to send a letter to provincial Public Health Units and government leaders urgently requesting that employees of hotels be given priority COVID-19 vaccination access along with restaurant employees who work at the same property. The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association notes that “by nature of the business,” hotel […]

Ontario dining shuts down for at least 4 weeks

Ontario is shutting down all indoor and outdoor dining for a minimum of 28 days in response to rising COVID-19 cases. The province’s self-styled “emergency brake” response includes prohibiting all Ontario dining indoors and on patios, just weeks after many establishments had been allowed to re-open for dining and open patios. Takeout, delivery, and drive-thru […]

B.C. indoor dining banned amid rising COVID-19 cases

B.C. indoor dining has been temporarily banned by the British Columbia government as part of new COVID-19 restrictions designed to curb an alarming surge in cases. The ban on indoor dining at provincial restaurants, bars, and other foodservice establishments is expected to remain in place for the next three weeks, until April 19. Patio dining […]

Strength, resilience & creativity: How foodservice operators have thrived in the pandemic

RestoBiz spoke to numerous foodservice operators about the bold steps they have taken to keep moving forward throughout COVID-19. By Tom Nightingale Faced with mounting pressure, closures, razor-thin margins, and a range of health and business concerns, foodservice operators have had to tread where they have never stepped before during the COVID-19 pandemic. Battening down […]

Saskatchewan latest province to cap delivery fees

Amid widespread debate on the issue during the pandemic, caps on third-party delivery fees are being implemented in an increasing number of Canadian provinces in response to COVID-19. Saskatchewan is the latest province to make the move, capping delivery fees charged to restaurants by third-party apps until the end of April under The Emergency Planning Act. […]

2021 Ontario Budget introduces new business grants

On March 24, 2021, the 2021 provincial Ontario Budget was released, and it includes a number of measures pertinent to Ontario’s foodservice and hospitality industries. Notably, the Ontario budget announced the extension of an existing support grant for small businesses, as well as a new financial support specifically for tourism and hospitality. Ontario Small Business […]

Creating a new at-home culinary experience

In a time when ghost kitchens and meal kits are in vogue, Toronto’s Lavish focuses on unique quality. By Tom Nightingale For much of the last 12 months, eating at home has been the new dining out. The stark reality is that the physical dining experience as we knew it pre-COVID-19 may not be back […]