Download the materials below to learn about key challenges for restaurants and recommended policy solutions.
Foodservice Industry Overview (PDF)
Running a foodservice business is a highly competitive, labour intensive effort — the pre-tax profit margin for the average Canadian restaurant is less than 5 per cent.
Infographic: Canada's Restaurant Industry (JPG)
There are 98,000 foodservice businesses in Canada: See the many ways our industry contributes to the national economy.
Key Issue: Labour Shortages (PDF)
A national labour force development strategy is needed to address persistent challenges recruiting and retaining workers.
Key Issue: Alcohol Excise Tax Escalator (PDF)
A full repeal of the annual escalator on excise alcohol duties would provide welcome relief for restaurants and their patrons.
Key Issue: Interchange Fees (PDF)
Fees collected when customers use credit or debit cards should be capped and card issuers should be prohibited from adding new fees.
Key Issue: Passive Income Threshold (PDF)
The current $50,000 threshold and accompanying tax table for passive investment income should increase every year, in line with inflation.
Key Issue: Single-use Items (PDF)
Evidence-based policies and national standards are needed to avoid patchwork approaches and facilitate consumer education.
Key Issue: Culinary Tourism (PDF)
Our industry’s unique strengths should be leveraged and our challenges must be addressed in any efforts to boost Canadian tourism.
For information on your riding, polling place and local candidates, visit the Elections Canada website.
To learn more about the main parties and their platforms, visit the websites below:
Join the online conversation about what restaurants need to continue #NourishingOurNation.
Here are some infographics you can share to shed light on the realities behind a restaurant meal in Canada: