Despite labour crisis, 4 in 10 restaurants can’t afford to hire

As the labour crisis continues to plague restaurants, we are reminded yet again that there is no simple solution. Many restaurants are still struggling desperately to maintain a viable level of staffing, and there is no easy answer. The labour pool has shrunk dramatically with many former gig workers leaving the industry, leaving operators to […]

Half of Canadian restaurants fear closure by fall

Nearly half of Canadian restaurants are struggling to stay afloat and fear they will not even make it to fall. According to Alignable’s Small Business Revenue Report, 47 per cent of Canadian SMBs say they are at risk of closing by the fall due to multiple persistent pressures including inflation, labour struggles, and a stretched […]

Omicron hurting restaurants, particularly in Ontario

Despite improving COVID-19 numbers, the Omicron variant has hurt Canadian restaurants badly in recent weeks and the pain continues to be felt. A new report from Alignable based on a survey conducted in late January shows that 80 per cent of responding restaurants across Canada and the U.S. said that they have been hurt by […]

Omicron worrying restaurant owners in Ontario, B.C.

Restaurant owners have some serious and understandable concerns over the rise of the Omicron COVID-19 variant and the effect it may have on their business. Infection rates and hospitalizations are climbing again across Canada and the U.S. due to both the Delta variant that has been present for the last few months and the newer […]

Restaurant rent marginally more attainable in October

Operators’ battle to pay restaurant rent continues, but the situation appears to have eased slightly. Alignable’s October Rent Report found that 43 per cent of small businesses and 41 per cent of restaurants were not able to pay their October rent in full. For general small businesses, that’s an increase of five per cent over September, […]

No end in sight for restaurant labour shortages

For six months now, many industries have experienced devastating labour shortages. That remains a major factor for a large majority of restaraunts in October, according to new data. Alignable’s October Hiring Poll of 3,181 small business owners found that nearly four in five (78 per cent of) restaurant owners say the lack of workers cuts into […]

88% of restaurants fear Delta variant surges will hurt their recovery

The long road out of COVID-19 is strewn with potholes and other hazards, not least the Delta variant. The highly contagious variant was first discovered in India in late 2020 and now accounts for the majority of cases in Canada and various other countries.  For example, 95 per cent of all positive tests in British Columbia […]