8 out of 10 Canadian restaurants still barely surviving

The latest survey from Restaurants Canada has found that eight out of 10 surviving Canadian restaurants are still barely scraping by, nearly 18 months into the pandemic. According to the latest data drawn from the study conducted in July: Over half (55 per cent) of restaurant operators said they are still operating at a loss […]

Beer Canada calls for cut to draught beer duty to aid restaurants

Beer Canada is calling on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to implement targeted support measures to help save local restaurants as part of its 2022 pre-budget consultations. In particular, the organization is advocating for a 50-per-cent tax cut on draught beer sold to licensed bars and restaurants. “A 50-per-cent tax cut on […]

ORHMA lauds Liberal plan to support hospitality sector

The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association (ORHMA) has described the Liberal government’s proposed supports for the hospitality and tourism sectors as “a big win” for the industry. OHRMA notes that over the past several months it has been actively involved in the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses, advocating for sector-specific support and an extension […]

Federal government extends wage and rent subsidies

The federal government is extending its existing wage and rent subsidies until late October in a move that should boost the recovery prospects of small businesses and restaurants. The Government of Canada announced on July 30 that supports including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), and Lockdown Support will be […]

Ontario RABS Fund helping secure restaurants’ future

Assistance from inside and outside the Canadian foodservice industry has been vital to so many operators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vastly reduced traffic and revenues, staffing challenges, and the myriad other issues caused by the pandemic have seen restaurants close from coast to coast in Canada, in many cases permanently. In many cases, governmental support […]

Ontario Restaurant & Bar Support Fund awards first grant

Ontario’s Restaurant & Bar Support Fund, which officially launched in early March, has awarded its first grant. The Edmund Burke restaurant, a popular spot in Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood, is the first recipient of a grant from the fund. The money will be going to keep staff at the restaurant employed. This grant is the first […]

2021 Federal Budget details foodservice & hospitality measures

The Government of Canada has unveiled its 2021 Federal Budget and announced it plans to extend the existing wage and rent subsidies and lockdown top-up support until Sept. 25, 2021. The Budget proposes to gradually decrease the rates for the wage subsidy and rent subsidy, beginning July 4, 2021, with the intention to phase out […]

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 […]

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 […]