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Hi there,

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.

Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, with Minister Bains, Innovation, Science and Industry, and Minister Ng, Small Businesses, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced further details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. The Government expects the Wage Subsidy Program to be available in three weeks.
Under the proposed new rules:
  • Businesses can use the average of January and February of 2020 as comparison months to measure their revenue drop;
  • Employers that see a drop of at least 15 per cent of their revenue in March 2020 will now be eligible for the subsidy;
  • Abusing the program could mean repayments of up to 225 per cent of what they received and up to 5 years in prison; and
  • Those proven to be ineligible but have received the subsidy will have to repay the funds in full.
Finance Minister Morneau also announced that applications for the Canada Emergency Business Account will open tomorrow.  The CEBA will provide small businesses and non-profits with interest free loans of up to $40,000, with a forgivable portion of 25 per cent up to $10,000, if it is paid back by December 31, 2022. Loans will be applicable at both large and small financial institutions as well as credit unions. Interested businesses should work with their current financial institutions to access the CEBA.

Restaurants Canada Response Plans Handbook

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

Last update: April 8, 2020 at 5:00pm EST.


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Operating During COVID-19: Delivery and Takeout Best Practices

Date: Monday, April 13
Time: 2:00pm

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


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