June 29, 2020

Eviction Ban

Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced that the provincial government has implemented a ban on commercial evictions during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This has been a standing request by Restaurants Canada since the early days of the pandemic as rent is the largest fixed cost in the restaurant industry and provided a major barrier to reopening.

Despite the fact that the Provincial and Federal governments created a program that would subsidize rent payments, landlords have been slow to sign on to the program.  The commercial eviction ban protects businesses from forced closure during the pandemic and it is hoped this will also encourage landlords to enroll in the Canada Emergency Rent Assistance (CECRA) program.

For those who are seeking advice on how to discuss rent issues with your landlord, the Rapid Recovery Series has a session entitled Navigating Landlord and Tenant Agreements which is available online to view for free.

Manitoba Job Restart Program

Earlier this week, Premier Pallister announced a new program called Manitoba Job RestartThis program aims at encouraging workers to go back to work by providing up to $2,000 for those who voluntarily stop receiving support from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).

Those who wish to participate in the Manitoba Job Restart Program can now apply online.

Expanded Business Assistance

Applications for the expanded federal Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loan program have opened, and are now available through Canada’s large banks. Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the news via Twitter late last night.

Businesses that were initially excluded by CEBA qualify for the expanded program according to its new criteria. Under CEBA’s revised terms, sole proprietors, farmers, and businesses who use contractors or pay themselves through dividends rather than payroll are now eligible.

According to the program’s website, the expanded CEBA “is being made available gradually by more than 230 financial institutions across the country, starting with the larger banks.” Smaller financial institutions will begin to offer it “over the coming weeks.”


Minneapolis, MN (June 23, 2020) – As people learn about what causes the spread of bacteria and contagions, dine-in guests at fast food restaurants are ready to tap and wave their way into contactless commerce.

The onset of COVID-19 was met by many ambitious operators who made quick and nimble changes to their operations as businesses shifted to 100% drive thru and curbside pickup. Once that settled, new discussions around accommodating social distancing while limiting the spread of the virus began to surface. The big question? What happens when we reopen dining rooms?

New research reveals that guests frequenting QSR and fast casual restaurants have definite preferences when it comes to contactless technology. In a study conducted late April and early May, results show little doubt that guests returning to dining rooms expect changes that include touchless controls.

The independent, blind study was conducted by Axiom Marketing in Bloomington, Minnesota, and commissioned by Compaction Technologies, Inc. (CTI), manufacturer of Original ecotrash® front-of-house trash compactors, which are found in thousands of fast food dining rooms, mall food courts, cafeterias, and other high-volume facilities throughout the U.S. CTI’s products all use contactless technology.

In early-April, CTI Chief Executive Officer Jeff Tolke and his team began seeing articles about how restaurants will change when the doors reopen. Articles mentioned the many contactless options available today, including ordering, payment and paper towel dispensers. What was missing was any mention of contactless trash disposal.

“Despite being in thousands of restaurants across the country, the contactless discussion around how to reopen dining rooms did not address trash disposal,” Tolke said. “We started thinking maybe people accept the status quo because they don’t know any other options. When we talked with operators, it confirmed our hunch. They thought they’d addressed everything, but many had not considered the trash. That’s when we commissioned the study, and the results jumped off the page at us.”

  • More than 71% of respondents said they are Definitely Interested or Interested in contactless payment systems
  • Nearly 47% of guests are Definitely Concerned or Concerned about the use of table markers at fast food restaurants
  • 41% are Definitely Concerned or Concerned about using trash cans on their next fast food visit

When presented with an alternative, guests had this to say about trash disposal:

  • 76% are Definitely Interested or Interested in contactless trash compactors

Air dryers in restrooms were preferred by 59% of respondents, who answered Definitely Interested or Interested. That surprised Tolke and his team given research showing air dryers can spread disease through forced air circulation. But, when guests were presented with the alternative of contactless dispensers and traditional trash cans for disposal, 71% preferred this method of hand drying. The results jumped to an incredible 78% Definitely Interested or Interested when contactless dispensers and contactless paper towel disposal were offered.

Not only do guests prefer these technologies, Tolke says, “they’re sustainable alternatives to what’s commonly used. Contactless trash compactors compress eight bags of trash into one, which translates to 85% fewer trash bag changes, and a 90% reduction in trash bag use. Fewer trash bags means lower dumpster volume and less trash hauling cost. It also means staff has more time for other tasks, like helping customers.”

CTI is making the complete study results available to anyone who would like to see the full results, including opinions on ordering kiosks vs. at the counter, and demographics of survey participants. Email the company to request a copy at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


June 22, 2020 (Vancouver, BC) – The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is pleased to announce its latest online auction is now open for bidding. Auction items include large format bottles, a large selection of premium wines, a personal tour and tasting at Mission Hill Family Estate, accommodation at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, and more. Click here to view the complete list of items, register on Givergy, and then place your bids!

The online auction is a fundraising initiative held in conjunction with Reconnect 2020. Organized by BC Event Management, this hybrid event, includes both an interactive live-streamed element and an in-person event. It is the first event to be approved by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health for complying with the city’s new Covid-19 protocols and will therefore be a model for the hospitality, tourism, meeting, conference, and event industries.

You can attend Reconnect 2020 for FREE using Zoom HERE, and engage via chat (no voice or visual interaction from guests). In-person attendees at Reconnect 2020 will be welcomed at the 35,000 square foot Harbour Convention Centre’s where numerous Covid-safe practices will be in effect. Their experience will include individual seating pods where they’ll enjoy a catered meal and beverages. Tickets for the in-person event can be purchased here.

Virtual guests can watch the event FREE on youtube on the Reconnect 2020 you tube page

The online auction will accept bids until 6pm on June 30. The auction proceeds will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), Canada’s only charity that assists hospitality workers during their time of need.  

Funds raised by the auction will help the BCHF continue to provide last-resort assistance for hospitality workers in financial crisis due to a serious health condition. The charity also offers a scholarship program that fosters the next generation of hospitality industry leaders.

Click here to purchase a ticket for the in-person event.

Click here to see more details on the event. Reconnect 2020 is a joint initiative of the Harbour Convention Centre and BC Event Management.

Suggested Social Media:

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Auction Information

Ready for online bidding here

Auction closes June 30th at 6 pm


Reconnect 2020

Saturday, June 27 2020

5:00 – 7:00pm

Virtual attendance FREE

In-person attendance $149 per person

Harbour Convention Centre

760 Pacific Boulevard (False Creek), Vancouver


Phase Three Starts June 21st

Premier Pallister announced Phase Three of the Reopening Plan which will take effect on June 21st. Although the draft plan would have restricted the restaurants to 75% capacity, after feedback from Restaurants Canada and operators across the province, they removed the capacity limit as long as the two meter distance or physical barriers are utilized.The Phase Three Roadmap requirements for restaurants, bars, beverage rooms, brew pubs, microbreweries and distilleries states:

These businesses may fully operate if they implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. These businesses may fully reopen patios and indoor spaces as long as tables and seating are arranged so there is a permanent or temporary physical barrier or a two-metre separation between persons sitting at different tables.

Restaurants must implement measures to ensure that members of the public when not seated are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Bars, beverage rooms, micro-brewers and similar businesses must continue to implement measures to ensure that members of the public are seated at a table, and are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Standing service is not allowed. Dance floors are to remain closed.

Manitoba Back to Work This Summer program

The Manitoba Back to Work This Summer programwas introduced to allow businesses to hire or re-hire employees of any age.  This builds on the previously announced Manitoba Summer Student Recovery Jobs Plan which was geared only to students.

The program will reimburse 50% of the total wages paid from June 18-August 30, to a maximum of $5,000 per worker and $25,000 per business. This program is in addition to other Manitoba government business support initiatives which are separate from Federal Programs designed to support businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found on the EngageMB website.


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