Restaurants Canada calls for throne speech to signal continued support for foodservice

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TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With patio season winding down, Restaurants Canada is calling for the federal government’s upcoming Speech from the Throne to signal plans to continue supporting the country’s vital foodservice sector.

In a letter to the Prime Minister’s office, Restaurants Canada President and CEO Todd Barclay commends the federal government for stepping up to provide significant support to restaurants struggling to survive the impacts of COVID-19 over the past six months. Looking ahead, he calls for further assistance to ensure business continuity so that restaurants can continue contributing to economic growth: “The recovery of the foodservice industry will not be linear. Despite best efforts to innovate and adapt to the current environment, our sector will experience ups and downs as patios close, consumer behaviour adjusts and areas such as downtowns no longer host office workers and tourists in the same volumes they once did.”

Canada’s restaurant sector continues to be hardest hit by COVID-19

Restaurants have played a critical role in providing their communities with safe and reliable meal options throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, the foodservice industry was one of the first sectors impacted by the crisis, and continues to be the hardest hit:

Calling for a renewed commitment to foodservice

“Largely thanks to measures introduced since the start of the pandemic, the vast majority of restaurants have been able to continue contributing to their communities during these extraordinarily challenging times,” said David Lefebvre, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Federal and Quebec. “As the federal government resets its agenda and seeks to demonstrate a strong commitment to economic recovery, Restaurants Canada looks forward to renewed support for the vitally important foodserivce sector to prevent further closures and job losses.”

Restaurants Canada is recommending the upcoming throne speech signal clear intentions to support the foodservice industry in the following ways:

Note: David Lefebvre will be available for comment following the Speech from the Throne when Parliament resumes on Sept. 23.

A thriving foodservice sector is critical to Canada’s recovery from COVID-19