Ontario restaurants finally free of capacity restrictions

Ontario restaurants have no COVID-19-related indoor capacity restrictions to adhere to for the first time in over a year as of Monday, October 25. Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments, as well as many other settings where patrons/customers are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, are now free to operate without capacity limits. […]

Canada introducing new hospitality and restaurant subsidies

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced on October 21 that the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) will expire on October 23, and will be replaced the next day by targeted benefits including restaurant subsidies and programs to help individuals whose work is impacted by COVID-19 lockdowns. The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit will provide […]

Navigating the vaccine passport rollout

By David Hopkins The vaccine passport has now rolled out in Ontario, and with it comes increased uncertainty and complications for restaurant operators, who have already faced incessant turmoil and scrutiny over the past year and a half. While the details of the vaccine passport and its enforcement vary from province to province, the gist […]

Restaurants shouldering the vaccine passport burden & blame

The last 19 months have posed many of the sternest tests that foodservice has seen in recent memory — from tumbling sales in the spring and summer of 2020 as the pandemic gathered speed to the labour difficulties and rising food costs seen in recent months of 2021. The latest has been handling the introduction […]

Nando’s Canada putting staff and franchisees first

CEO Kevin Lindhorst tells RestoBiz how the chicken specialists have navigated the pain of the pandemic By Tom Nightingale Canada’s hungry public loves chicken, that’s for sure. One of the most versatile of comfort foods and a product that often travels well in this new era of heightened off-premises consumption, chicken – whether fried, roasted, […]

Why Canadian restaurants are exploring US expansion

By Mo Chaar With COVID-19 cases increasing and certain restrictions being re-introduced throughout Canada, vulnerable Canadian restaurants are nervous about their future as we enter a new era of government-instated mandates. Mask and vaccine requirements are being implemented across provinces, posing another barrier for restaurants and hindering their rebound from the turbulent year-and-a-half they’ve already […]

ORHMA outraged as Ontario ignores restaurants again

Following Ontario’s announcement on October 8 that capacity limits will be eased or removed for numerous businesses and sectors, the president of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) says he is “outraged” that restaurants have been omitted. “We are extremely disappointed and this is not right or fair to a sector that has […]

Operators remain divided on vaccine regulations

Vaccine regulations truly are dividing opinion in foodservice. Many restaurant operators do not agree with the new vaccine regulations including mandated proof of vaccination, and while plenty are willing to put up with the measure to safeguard the future, there are still concerns from a significant proportion of operators over a potential long-term adverse effect […]

Testing high-touch surfaces in grocery stores for COVID-19

By Maleeka Singh, Lawrence Goodridge, Maria G. Corradini, Robert Hanner, and Steven Newmaster As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, and the virus continues to circulate, the transmission risks of everyday interactions may become an ongoing concern. A recent study at the University of Guelph looked at the risk of COVID-19 exposure from high-touch surfaces within […]

Alberta introduces stricter health measures & vaccine passport exemption program

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has introduced strict and sweeping new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, including a form of vaccine passport. Apologizing and admitting fault for his government’s handling of the pandemic, Kenney announced a state of public health emergency on September 15. Alberta will now implement new health measures to expand capacity, increase […]