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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. 

Federal Announcement: Wage Subsidy Extended to End of August

In response to ongoing engagement from Restaurants Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program will be extended by 3 months.

During his daily announcement this morning, he explained that the program will now be available through the end of August to help support small, local businesses, such as restaurants, who will continue to need support as they reopen. This was a key takeaway from the latest Restaurants Canada survey.

In a backgrounder released today the federal government committed to consult with industry over the next month on potential adjustments to the program to incent jobs and growth, including the 30% revenue decline threshold.

Restaurants Canada continues to be at the table, working closely with the federal government to ensure the needs of foodservice are addressed as this program continues to evolve.

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: May 15, 2020 at 5:00pm ET.


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Reopening Tracker

Stay updated on how and when each province is planning to permit restaurants to reopen: This tracker provides real-time updates on government announcements and activities across the country related to lifting restrictions and reopening the economy. 
View Tracker

Navigating COVID-19: CECRA Program

As an operator, rent relief and assistance are top priorities as you navigate recovery, reopening, and the current COVID-19 lockdown measures. The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program was recently introduced by the government, those working through eligibility and regulations can be difficult. To provide a little clarity, MENU spoke with Mark Parmegiani, Director of Commercial Sales and Leasing for CHI Real Estate Group to answer your most pressing questions about the CECRA program. Read more on

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