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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 Update: Consultation on Wage Subsidy Now Open

The federal government is currently considering changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to help maximize employment and best meet the needs of businesses and workers during these challenging times.

To inform this process, the Department of Finance Canada is now seeking information and feedback from businesses of all sizes, labour representatives, not-for-profits and charities on potential changes to the program, with a view to maximize employment in Canada and encourage growth.

Help us raise the voice of foodservice

We encourage you to participate in the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Consultation before June 5 and share the following recommendations already submitted by Restaurants Canada:

  • Extend the CEWS by 16 weeks rather than 12 weeks. Legislation currently allows for the CEWS to be extended for an additional 16 weeks, specifically to Sept. 30, 2020. While foodservice establishments are slowly reopening their on-premise dining services as restrictions continue to be lifted across Canada, it might be some time before they are operating at full capacity again. Extending the CEWS to the full 16 weeks will give employers and workers greater confidence that they will continue to receive the support they need during these difficult times. Moreover, the government aid will continue to encourage more employers to bring staff back onto the payroll sooner, despite operating at limited capacity and generating reduced revenues.
  • Tiered eligibility for the CEWS. Restaurants Canada recommends adjustments to the 30% revenue decline threshold for the CEWS. Scaling this eligibility requirement would support businesses in their recovery efforts instead of serving as a disincentive to grow the business at the risk of losing access to the subsidy.
  • Continuation of the existing deeming rule. The continuation of the deeming rule would mitigate the administrative burden for employers. This measure has so far been a success and should be continued.

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 26, 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

The application portal for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program for small businesses is now open.

If you're still wondering how this program works and if your business is able to benefit, MENU spoke with CHI Real Estate Group to answer your most pressing questions. Read more at

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