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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 announcements

In response to ongoing engagement from Restaurants Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the following actions that the federal government is taking to help businesses survive the impacts of COVID-19:

  • The eligibility requirements for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) have been expanded. Businesses that spent between $20,000 and $1.5 million dollars on total payroll in 2019 are now eligible for interest-free loans of up to $40,000.
  • Commercial rent assistance program will be developed with the provinces and territories. The federal government has committed to create a Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program. The aim of the program will be to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn lower or forgo the rent of small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June. Implementation of the program will require a partnership between the federal government and provincial and territorial governments, which are responsible for property owner-tenant relationships. The government is working with the provinces and territories to increase rent support for businesses that are most impacted by the pandemic and more details will be made available soon.

Restaurants Canada continues to be at the table, working with all levels of government across the country toward solutions that will help foodservice businesses survive and recover from COVID-19.

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 16, 2020 at 5:00pm ET.


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Help amplify our call for commercial tenant protections

While the federal government works with the provinces and territories toward solutions to assist small businesses with rent, restaurants need protection from eviction and lockouts. Many haven't been able to pay rent this month and are now at risk.

Restaurants Canada continues to be working with all levels of government toward protections for commercial tenants. Help raise the voice of foodservice by sharing this message on your social networks:

Navigating COVID-19: Restaurant rental and property questions for foodservice operations

To help understand what your options are, what legal considerations you will need to look for, and how to speak with your landlord about your lease, watch our webinar recording on Rental & Property Advice and read about "Restaurant rental and property questions for foodservice operations" 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