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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. 

Raising the Voice of Foodservice: New Survey Results and Recommendations for Rent Relief

Today Restaurants Canada shared a news release bringing attention to:

Key findings from our latest survey
  • 75% of foodservice business operators across the country say they are either very or extremely concerned about their current level of debt.
  • 1 out of 2 independent restaurants say they might not survive the next 3 months.
  • Most multi-unit foodservice businesses expect they will have to permanently shut down at least one of their locations if conditions don’t improve within 3 months.
  • 3 out of 4 restaurant operators identified rent as a top source of debt, reinforcing urgent need for relief.
Recommendations for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program
  • An immediate moratorium on evictions and lock-outs for commercial tenants. This would relieve pressure while stakeholders continue to develop solutions for the long term. Many restaurants haven’t been able to pay rent this month and are now at risk.
  • Rent assistance at a percentage in line with decreased revenue. Deferrals and loans can help in the short term, but in the long term will contribute to more permanent closures due to insurmountable debt if not combined with mechanisms for relief.
  • Measures that continue while the economy is still in recovery. Foodservice businesses will need a sustained period of support to ramp back up while consumer spending rebounds. Restaurants Canada recommends continuing rent relief measures until businesses have returned to a fixed percentage of pre-COVID-19 revenues.

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RC Advocacy: Presentation to Federal Finance Committee on What Foodservice Needs to Recover from COVID-19

David Lefebvre, Restaurants Canada Vice-President, Federal and Quebec, delivered a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) during their meeting today on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The presentation provided recommendations to help foodservice businesses survive and recover from the impacts of COVID-19 through further action in the following key areas:

  • Commercial tenant protections and rent assistance
  • Tax relief
  • Subsidies to boost cash flow and reduce rising debt levels
  • Assistance with labour costs

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New Federal Resource: CERB Q&A Page

This new page on the federal government's website provides answers to questions on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

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 23, 2020 at 5:00pm ET.


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WEBINAR RECORDING: Navigating COVID-19: Federal and Economic Update

This webinar provided an update on the state of the economy in the current COVID-19 pandemic, Restaurants Canada's approach to government, including federal relief measures to date, and an update on continued advocacy progress.
The webinar provides insights into:
  • State of the foodservice nation in Canada
  • Restaurants Canada approach to government relations
  • Successes and challenges thus far

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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