Half of restaurants may not survive summer if support is cut, warns RC

Half of Canadian restaurants may not survive summer 2021 if the current level of COVID-19 support is reduced as planned in early July, warns Restaurants Canada. The federal government is currently planning to scale back the level of rent and wage subsidies available to businesses after Canada Day weekend on July 4. If that does […]

Latest Ontario reopening plan criticized by advocacy groups

The next step of the Ontario reopening plan announced by Premier Doug Ford has been criticized by provincial advocacy groups as not going far enough to support foodservice and hospitality. On May 20, Ford announced via the Roadmap to Reopen that restrictions will be eased gradually through June, July, and August. That will include restaurant […]

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 […]

“Needless” restaurant closures spark calls for compensation

The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) and Restaurants Canada have sent an open letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford requesting immediate action to reverse the impacts to Ontario’s foodservice sector as a result of “needless” restaurant closures. ORHMA notes that as a result of last week’s shutdown announcement, Ontario’s restaurants have spent more […]

Ontario dining shuts down for at least 4 weeks

Ontario is shutting down all indoor and outdoor dining for a minimum of 28 days in response to rising COVID-19 cases. The province’s self-styled “emergency brake” response includes prohibiting all Ontario dining indoors and on patios, just weeks after many establishments had been allowed to re-open for dining and open patios. Takeout, delivery, and drive-thru […]

Canadian foodservice sales not expected to rebound completely until 2023

Canadian foodservice sales are expected to rebound somewhat in 2021, albeit still remaining way below pre-COVID-19 levels. Commercial foodservice sales in Canada are forecast to improve to $61.4 billion in 2021, says a new report from Restaurants Canada. This would represent an 11.8-per-cent increase compared to 2020 but would still be 20 per cent below […]

Business groups unite, call on Ottawa to drop federal tax changes for small business

Press release 35 organizations from across the country have come together to form the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness — a unified voice to oppose the federal government’s tax proposals that would dramatically change the way incorporated small businesses are taxed in Canada. “These proposals, while intended to target the wealthy, will hurt middle-class business owners from every […]