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 […]

Canadians want indoor dining, technology, and to support local

Canadians are looking forward to returning to restaurants as long as safety measures are in place finds the 2021 Discerning Diner Report from Angus Reid and Restaurants Canada. In particular, 89 per cent of Canadians are looking forward to eating out with friends and family, with 64 per cent going so far as to say […]

Restaurants key to restoring Canada’s pre-pandemic employment

It’s not just foodservice that has been suffering a labour shortage. Across numerous industries in Canada, employment levels remain down when compared to before the pandemic. Restaurants could be the key to restoring the balance. “Restaurants are key to bringing Canadians back to work, but precarious conditions over the past 18+ months have created unprecedented […]

Canadian restaurant menu prices rose 3.1% in July

Menu prices at restaurants in Canada were 3.1 per cent higher in July 2021 than they were a year ago, reports Restaurants Canada. This represents the largest increase since January 2019, and is over three times the magnitude of the rise in food prices at grocery stores, which climbed by 1.0 per cent. Since January […]

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 […]