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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, while working with our partners to provide you with resources relevant to your operations, as the response to COVID-19 continues to evolve.

Wage subsidy extended beyond June

The House of Commons and Senate reconvened over the weekend to pass legislation required for the eagerly awaited Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
As promised, this program will provide a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks.
Fulfilling a key ask from Restaurants Canada, businesses will no longer be restricted to applying for this wage subsidy only up until June 6 — the legislation adopted provides the government with the ability to extend the program until Sept. 30, 2020, and the ability to change the Required Revenue Reduction criteria and subsidy amount during any such extended term.
Businesses will continue to remain eligible to receive the subsidy for a maximum of 12 weeks only, but the added flexibility will allow foodservice operators to use the program in a manner that works best for their recovery timeline.
Not only will this provide welcome support for restaurants that will need this assistance to rehire staff once dine-in services are permitted to resume, it will also help seasonal businesses that have not yet begun their operations for 2020 with any hardships they might face.
Eligible employers will be able to apply for the subsidy through the Canada Revenue Agency's My Business Account portal. Details on when businesses can begin to apply for the program are expected soon.

Canada's Official Opposition calls for plan to specifically help restaurant, hospitality and tourism sectors
Restaurants Canada continues to work closely with all levels of government across the country, including with representatives from opposition parties, to ensure the voice of foodservice is heard.
Over the last few weeks, Restaurants Canada has provided all major political parties with data and arguments in support of our recommendations to help our industry survive and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. We are pleased to see members of government from all parties helping to get these messages across and acted upon.
For instance, the Bloc Québécois was instrumental in bringing about an increase to the wage subsidy offered to small businesses. Then, last week, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer specifically called attention to the challenges that restaurants are facing. Today, a handful of Conservative critics issued a statement calling for a plan to specifically help the foodservice, hospitality and tourism sectors rebound from COVID-19. (You can learn more about their statement via the Canadian Press.) 

Federal and Provincial Response Plans Handbook

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 prevention and relief measures across Canada, download our "Navigating COVID-19: Federal and Provincial Response Plans" handbook. This handbook includes all government announcements and relief measures announced to date, both at the federal and provincial level, including an overview of each measure, how it works and any outstanding details still to be determined.

Last update: April 13, 2020 at 5:00pm ET.


(Information also available at

Operating During COVID-19: Delivery and Takeout Best Practices

Originally Presented: Monday, April 13

Delivery and takeout has become essential for Canadian restaurants remaining open and operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
How do you do operationalize a kitchen and make the most of takeout and delivery in a COVID-19 world? What are the health and safety procedures you need to put place to ensure both employees and consumers are protected? And what are the key concerns to watch for as we navigate this challenging time? Understanding the best practices for delivery and takeout is increasingly important in this 'new normal' landscape. 

Guest Speakers

  • Oren Borovitch, Kitchen Hub
  • Domenic Pedulla and Valli Akella, Canadian Food Safety
  • Ryan Freeman, DoorDash

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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, and don't forget to connect with us through our social channels:

Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin | Twitter 

Regionally on Twitter

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