B.C. wholesale alcohol pricing measure made permanent

British Columbia has announced that B.C. wholesale alcohol pricing will become a permanent measure, allowing restaurants, bars, and tourism operators to buy liquor at lower prices. A temporary change to allow for B.C. wholesale alcohol pricing was enacted in June 2020 in a bid to help revive a struggling industry that has been hit devastatingly […]

Drink trends to watch in Canada in 2021

New trends emerged across almost every industry in 2020 as consumers and businesses adjusted to the realities of a global pandemic. Drink trends within the beverage alcohol industry were no exception. Just like in fashion, drink trends regularly come and go as the seasons change and the calendar flips to a new year. This year, […]

Marijuana at work: Drug testing and safety in a Smart Serve environment

By Jennifer Mathers McHenry On April 23, 2017, the Government introduced the Cannabis Act in the House of Commons. When the Cannabis Act comes into force, adult Canadians will be able to legally possess, grow and purchase limited amounts of marijuana. The Government intends to bring the proposed legislation into force no later than July […]

The impact of Budget 2017 on foodservice

Foodservice industry should expect changes, both good and bad, with new federal budget By Kavita Sabharwal With the tabling of Budget 2017 comes some changes for the foodservice industry. Although the government plans to increase tourism funding and is putting into place rules to make trade less costly across provincial lines, some other changes to […]

Change to Nova Scotia’s liquor licensing regulations cuts red tape for restaurants

Press release Nova Scotia’s restaurants and their customers will benefit from a change to liquor licensing regulations. Effective Jan. 24, restaurant patrons will be able to order up to two alcoholic drinks without ordering food. Until now, customers had to order food to be served an alcoholic drink or move to the restaurant’s designated lounge […]

Sales tax on food and beverages in Canada

We’ve compiled the chart below to demonstrate how much sales tax is applied to foodservice meals in each province or territory in Canada. This complete chart is updated quarterly or if amendments are made. If you would like other information that isn’t in this chart, drop us a line!