Saskatchewan restaurants surprised by province’s minimum wage hike

The government of Saskatchewan announced on May 3 that the province will raise its minimum wage by one dollar every October from now until 2024. While some organizations have praised the move, Restaurants Canada argues on behalf of Saskatchewan restaurants that it may do more harm than good in the short term. Saskatchewan currently has […]

Budget 2022 leaves restaurants hungry for more, say industry groups

Hospitality and foodservice industry associations have criticized the federal Budget 2022 published on April 7, with Restaurants Canada saying that it leaves restaurants “hungry for more” by failing to address key issues. The association said that while it welcomes a number of commitments made by the federal government, failing to respond to calls for extended […]

Restaurants Canada launches Canadian foodservice’s first metaverse marketplace

The Canadian foodservice industry is entering the metaverse. Restaurants Canada has partnered with Nextech AR Solutions to develop the first metaverse marketplace for Canada’s foodservice industry. The 365 Marketplace will be the global destination for food and restaurant professionals looking to connect virtually, says Restaurants Canada, and offers “a unique opportunity” to connect Canadian foodservice […]

Restaurants Canada announces new chair of the board

Restaurants Canada, the national not-for-profit foodservice association representing over 30,000 members across Canada, has announced the election of Mike Yasinski, President of Rally Social Room, as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. As Chair, Yasinski will be responsible for overseeing Restaurants Canada’s Board and will work closely with the association’s Interim President and […]

Addressing Canada’s continuing labour shortage

Foodservice’s staffing issues are nothing new, but the circumstances of the last two years have seen it snowball into a full-blown labour shortage. In September 2021, the number of unfilled jobs in the sector in Canada grew to nearly 200,000 vacancies. Restaurants Canada’s Senior Economist Chris Elliott notes that the association realized that the labour […]

After Omicron delay, summer should help foodservice get back on track

The rise of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has, of course, delayed what was hoped to be a year of recovery starting right from the off in 2020. However, there is hope that a continued encouraging prognosis and a bumper summer could have the industry back on track by the second half of the year […]

Commercial foodservice sales forecast to rise to $80B in 2022

Restaurants Canada’s latest industry forecast predicts that commercial foodservice sales will grow to $80.4 billion across the country in 2022. That would be a 24.3 per cent increase over 2021 and would result in annual sales that are 4.4 per cent above 2019 levels.  A Restaurants Canada release says the forecast for 2022 reflects the continued […]

How Canadian foodservice has been forever changed

By now, it seems undeniably apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadian foodservice forever. According to Restaurants Canada’s Foodservice Facts 2021 report, that view is shared by 76 per cent of operators across the country. On the positive side, foodservice sales are rebounding. In July 2021, there was only a five per cent difference […]

Canadian restaurants primed to rebound strongly

Canadian restaurants should be optimistic as the foodservice industry is expected to not only rebound but grow more than originally expected over the coming months as consumers are showing a willingness to return to restaurant dining.  That’s according to Restaurants Canada’s 2021 Foodservice Facts report, which forecasts positive change as the country continues to move […]