Download the materials below to learn about the key challenges for foodservice businesses and recommended policy solutions.
Info Sheet: Industry Overview (PDF)
For years, Alberta’s restaurant sector led the nation. Learn why the province's foodservice sales growth now ranks second-to-last.
Infographic: Alberta's Restaurant Industry (JPG)
There are 11,260 restaurants in Alberta: See the many ways our industry contributes to the province's economy.
Minimum Wage (PDF)
A minimum wage freeze would provide much needed relief, as well as a youth/training wage and liquor-serving wage.
Labour Legislation (PDF)
Restaurants operate outside the bounds of a 5-day, 9-5 schedule and need more flexible rules that account for their unique challenges.
Carbon Tax and Waste Reduction Regulations (PDF)
Foodservice businesses should receive carbon tax rebates and enough time to find alternatives for plastic packaging and other single-use items.
WCB-Alberta Tips and Gratuities Policy (PDF)
Requirements for reporting tips and gratuities should be aligned with Revenue Canada and other workers’ compensation boards.
Liquor Policy (PDF)
A comprehensive review is needed to modernize Alberta’s liquor policies, as was planned in 2015.
Provincial Taxes (PDF)
A provincial sales tax should stay off the table, to maintain the Alberta advantage.
Municipal Property Taxes and Fees (PDF)
The provincial government should encourage municipalities to reduce the municipal tax burden for small businesses.
Ready to start talking to candidates in your community? This checklist can help: Candidate Meeting Guide (PDF)
For information on your electoral division, polling place and local candidates, visit the Elections Alberta website.
To learn more about the main parties and their platforms, visit the websites below:
Stay updated about the realities of Alberta's restaurants:
(Feb. 13/19) CTV News Calgary - Alberta restaurant industry sounds the alarm
(Feb. 13/19) Calgary Herald - ‘Somebody’s foot on our throat’: Alberta restaurant industry says it’s lost 10,000 jobs in 4 years
(Feb. 13/19) Calgary Herald - Opinion: (Reality) cheque please: Alberta restaurants are struggling
(Feb. 12/19) CBC News Edmonton - Sending it back: Restaurants Canada launches critical campaign ahead of Alberta election
(Feb. 12/19) CBC Radio Edmonton AM - Alberta's restaurant challenges
(Feb. 9/19) Global News Calgary - Restaurant Realities campaign raising awareness about struggling Alberta businesses
(Jan. 29/19) Edmonton Sun - CHEF PAUL'S KITCHEN: Restaurant biz in precarious position
(Jan. 8/19) Calgary Herald - Varcoe: $10,000 monthly tax bill for selling fried chicken is 'unimaginable'
(Dec. 31/18) Global News Calgary - Calgary loses another business as Buttermilk Fine Waffles shuts down
(Dec. 27/18) Calgary's Business - Alberta restaurant industry faces challenges
(Dec. 25/18) Edmonton Sun - Hicks Weekly Dish: Farewell to fine dining
(Oct. 1/18) The Globe and Mail - Alberta has the highest minimum wage in the country following raise to $15
If you have any questions or would like more information, you can get in touch with Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-387-5649 ext. 6500.