Foodservice requests emergency access to foreign workers

Canadian food industry associations are calling on the federal government to create an “emergency” temporary foreign workers program to address the chronic labour shortages still being seen in the sector. The Canadian Press reports that the group representing the food and beverage processing sector includes Food and Beverage Canada, the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council, and […]

Assessing how restaurant shifts have been changed by COVID-19

A common topic of discussion in the latter half of 2021 within the foodservice industry was the ongoing labour shortage. That has been well-documented, but what about those staff who have been clocking in to their restaurant shifts throughout the pandemic? COVID-19 hasn’t just caused the workforce to shrink and stretched restaurant operations in both […]

Minimum wage hike presents opportunity for restaurants

By David Hopkins Ontario’s minimum wage is going up again on January 1, 2022. And this time, unlike in the past, the minimum wage for servers will also rise significantly. It is set to increase almost 20 per cent, from $12.55 to $15 per hour. This comes at a time when most restaurants are trying […]

How various operators are tackling staffing challenges

RestoBiz spoke to four owners and operators about the continued effect of the pandemic on labour 21 months into the COVID-19 pandemic and foodservice operators are far from out of the woods. Whereas the first year of the pandemic was characterized by panic, shutdowns, layoffs, and other evolving measures, staffing challenges have been a major […]

Survey: What’s driving Ontario’s hospitality labour crisis?

Ontario’s restaurants and other foodservice, hospitality, and tourism businesses have been dealing with something of a labour crisis in recent months. That has been attributed to a variety of factors, including staff leaving the workforce for good due to the effects of COVID-19, a perceived lack of job security, government benefits offsetting the financial costs […]

Labour shortages: How tech, integration & data can help

By Mo Chaar The ongoing labour shortages continue to affect restaurants across the country. Currently, 80 per cent of foodservice operators are having difficulty hiring kitchen staff and 67 per cent are having trouble filling front-of-house positions. As a result, restaurants across the country are resorting to cutting their open hours short and slimming down […]

How chains are tackling the ongoing labour shortage

The fact that foodservice is facing a continued labour shortage has been well-documented by this point. While staffing levels have rebounded to some degree in some areas, restaurants are still struggling to attract the quality and quantity of workers that they need to handle the resurgent growth in indoor dining in Canada, the U.S., and […]

Is tech the key to solving the restaurant labour crisis?

By Laurent May Overall, the state of Canada’s labour market is looking good, which points to an economy on the rebound from the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In September, according to recent figures from Statistics Canada, employment reached pre-pandemic levels for the first time. This is great news in general, but a closer […]

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 […]

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, […]