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Hi there,

Restaurants Canada is committed to keep you updated on the evolving response to COVID-19 so that you have the most relevant information for your operations.

Here's what you need to know right now:

Federal economic response plan

The federal government has unveiled a COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to provide relief to individuals and businesses impacted by the pandemic.

The following measures included in the plan respond to areas of need raised by Restaurants Canada:

  • Flexibility for businesses filing and paying taxes. The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all businesses to defer, until after Aug. 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18, 2020 and before Sept. 2020. Learn more.
  • Help with paying workers to avoid layoffs. Eligible small businesses facing revenue losses will receive a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10 per cent of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Learn more.
  • Support for individuals not working due to COVID-19, including those who do not qualify for employment insurance or paid sick leave. An Emergency Care Benefit will provide up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks, to workers, including the self-employed, who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. Learn more.
  • Help ensuring financial market liquidity and credit availability. Under the new Insured Mortgage Purchase Program, the government will purchase up to $50 billion of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This will provide stable funding to banks and mortgage lenders so that they can continue providing lending options to Canadian businesses and consumers. Learn more.

Restaurants Canada continues to be at the table, working with all levels of government to ensure the concerns of the foodservice community are being addressed as part of the ongoing response to COVID-19.

Prevention measures continuing to evolve across the country

Various measures are being recommended, and in some cases enforced, to support prevention efforts across the country.

We encourage you to continue checking our COVID-19 Jurisdiction Tracker to stay updated on measures that might impact operations in your region.

Further resources and information

We encourage you to continue visiting our dedicated COVID-19 web page where we will continue to share information and resources relevant to our industry.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Shanna Munro
Restaurants Canada
President & CEO | Présidente et cheffe de la direction