Today’s customer spending and its effect on restaurants

By Vince Sgabellone Economists have projected a slowdown in the Canadian economy for several quarters now. Similarly, Canadian consumers have reported for over a year that they plan to cut back on their spending and studies show they have done just that. For the year ending June 2023, consumer spending across the 11 retail categories […]

Tipping remains important but are attitudes shifting?

Canadians largely recognize that tipping is becoming increasingly important for the foodservice and hospitality industry amid the devastating impacts of COVID-19. However, there are some signs that attitudes may be changing. Foodservice and hospitality has always relied on tipping to a significant extent. The pandemic, though, is causing something of a reevaluation of how the […]

The hospitality industry isn’t caving to COVID-19 — it’s relocating

By Sheryl Hoskins According to a report from Statistics Canada, 50,375 people left Toronto during COVID-19, while Montreal lost 24,880 people to rural areas in Quebec. Meanwhile, the suburbs of Oshawa saw its population grow by 2.1 per cent — the fastest growth in the entire country. As urban commuters have abandoned their after-work drinks, […]

Crunching Numbers: Minimum wage by province

From the spring 2018 issue of Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News By Jeff Dover Restaurateurs are dealing with increases in many of their expenses, like food and rent, but with significant minimum wage increases in several provinces, labour cost has caused considerable concern given the tight margins in Canada’s restaurant industry. The table below shows current […]