FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Aug. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restaurants Canada is urging that all parties seeking to form New Brunswick’s next government adopt recommendations to help the province’s restaurants pull through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

“Restaurants are critically important to creating jobs, economic growth and vibrant neighbourhoods,” said Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Atlantic Canada. “Restaurants Canada looks forward to working closely with New Brunswick’s next government to ensure foodservice businesses have what they need to continue contributing to the province’s recovery.”

New Brunswick’s restaurants expect a year or more to recover

Not only was New Brunswick’s foodservice industry among the first and hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19, the sector will also be among the slowest to recover.

According to a Restaurants Canada survey conducted between June 25 and July 3:

  • The majority of New Brunswick’s restaurants are still not profitable. 47% of survey respondents said they are operating at a loss and 24% said they are just breaking even.
  • More than half of restaurants still operating at a loss expect to take at least a year to return to profitability.
    • 10% said 6 months or less.
    • 33% said 7 months to a year.
    • 43% said between a year and 18 months.
    • 14% said more than 18 months.

A menu for recovery

Restaurants Canada has shared recommendations to support the recovery of New Brunswick’s foodservice sector with all major parties seeking to form the next provincial government.

“With colder months approaching, restaurants will need continued assistance to keep fulfilling their vital role within New Brunswick’s economy,” said Erjavec.

Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, New Brunswick’s foodservice sector represented 4 per cent of the province’s GDP and was the province’s fourth-largest private sector employer. By April, COVID-19 had resulted in somewhere between 8,100 to 13,700 foodservice workers losing their jobs or having their hours cut down to zero. While foodservice employment in New Brunswick increased by 6,500 jobs between March and July, the province’s hospitality sector is still 1,600 jobs short of where it was in February 2020.


August 14, 2020

Manitoba Health has contacted the MRFA to announce a new version of Health Orders which take effect immediately.

These Health Orders clarify and build upon past Health Orders.

Manitoba Health stated that there are revisions to Section 5 for premises that hold a liquor license. Notably, operators of licensed premises cannot let patrons move tables, patrons are required to stay in their seats (with a few exceptions) and no dancing is allowed.

Manitoba Health has informed us that they are going to be sending a copy of these new orders out to all of the premises they inspect.

If any of our members has any questions, we encourage you to either reach to your Health Inspector or to us and we will forward your questions to Manitoba Health for clarification.


TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2020 /CNW/ - McDonald's Canada will return to sourcing 100 per cent Canadian beef in September 2020, ending the temporary sourcing adjustments announced in late April due to industry constraints. Since that time, McDonald's Canada has been sourcing as much Canadian beef as possible, maintaining over 80 per cent of supply from Canadian sources on average and supplementing with imported beef from pre-approved McDonald's suppliers.

McDonald's Canada is also continuing its beef sustainability journey by offering Quarter Pounder® patties, from which a portion of the beef (minimum 30 per cent), will be sourced from CRSB certified sustainable Canadian farms and ranches by September 2020.

McDonald's Canada has used 100 per cent Canadian beef since 2003. The company has also been a long-time proponent and advocate of sustainable practices in the Canadian beef industry. The organization and its franchisees will continue to advocate for progress on sustainability, which contributes to the humane treatment of animals, and delivers positive outcomes for farmers, ranchers, communities and the planet. 

McDonald's Canada remains one of the largest purchasers of Canadian beef and a proud supporter of the Canadian beef industry. At the height of the pandemic, the organization made a $100,000 contribution to the Canadian Cattlemen's Foundation to support educational efforts and the development of future leaders through the Cattlemen's Young Leaders program.

"For nearly two decades, we've maintained a strong commitment to sourcing Canadian beef – we are incredibly proud of the role we've played in supporting local ranchers and farmers," said Nicole Zeni, Senior Manager, Supply Chain, McDonald's Canada. "In these challenging times, our ability to return to sourcing 100 per cent of our beef from Canadian sources is a true testament to the resiliency of the industry."

As a founding member of the CRSB, established in 2014, McDonald's Canada was a driving force in developing Canadian standards for beef sustainability. The CRSB consists of a diverse group of stakeholders representing academia, government, food and agricultural businesses, producer associations, processors, retail and foodservice, as well as NGOs like Ducks Unlimited Canada, World Wildlife Fund and Nature Conservancy of Canada.

"The stabilized supply of Canadian beef is important in allowing us to continue to progress our sustainability efforts," said Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, Sustainability and Agriculture Lead, McDonald's Canada. "Offering Quarter Pounder patties made with beef from CRSB-certified farms and ranches is another meaningful step forward on our journey to delivering socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound food to our guests."


  • McDonald's Canada sources 100 per cent of the beef for its hamburger patties from Canadian ranches and farms, primarily in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
  • McDonald's beef patties contain no artificial additives, flavours and preservatives and are 100 per cent produced in Canada.
  • In September 2020, a portion of the beef (minimum 30 per cent) used in our Quarter Pounder patties will be sourced from CRSB Certified Sustainable farms and ranches.
  • McDonald's use of the CRSB certification mark for beef sustainability is designated based on an internationally recognized system, where a minimum of 30 per cent of the supply chain's beef originates from CRSB certified farms and ranches, and is tracked at every point in the certified supply chain.
  • In 2018, McDonald's Canada became the first organization to begin using the CRSB certification mark on its Angus packaging and, in addition, the global McDonald's organization announced a new global beef antibiotic policy.
  • During the temporary period of importing beef in 2020, McDonald's Canada sourced beef from USA, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland to supplement the Canadian beef supply.

TORONTO, CANADA, July 28, 2020 --- The Halal Monitoring Authority (HMA), Canada’s only certification body that monitors at every step, has taken on  the costs to support halal Canadian restauranteurs as the global pandemic continues to threaten the foodservice industry. 

“When the reality of COVID-19 hit, our team was at a standstill along with the rest of the industry. The survival of restaurants and the livelihood of many hard-working Canadians were - and still are - at risk,” says Omar Subedar, COO of HMA. “As a part of this community and industry, we evaluated our role and provided relief during this challenging time by taking on the costs of our services for over forty of our operators.” 

With province-wide restrictions in place, it has been extremely difficult for restaurants to simply break even - many are continuing to operate at a loss. HMA is working with their operators on a month-by-month basis to evaluate the support needed. The HMA is made up of a team of inspectors, food scientists and certifiers that make it possibly for Muslim consumers across Canada to consume halal food with confidence.


TORONTO, Aug. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restaurants Canada has tabled its pre-budget submission to the federal finance committee, advocating for continued support to help the foodservice industry through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

“Many of the measures that the federal government has introduced over the last few months have provided a lifeline to restaurants during these extraordinarily challenging times,” said David Lefebvre, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Federal and Quebec. “But with colder months approaching, the foodservice sector will need continued assistance to keep fulfilling its critical role within the Canadian economy.”

Recommendations for restarting Canada’s vital foodservice sector

Not only was the foodservice industry among the first and hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19, the sector will also be among the slowest to recover.

While the latest Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada reveals foodservice employment rose by 100,500 jobs in July, the sector is still more than 300,000 jobs short of where it was in February. No other industry comes close to continuing to face this level of shortfall.

Given this reality, Restaurants Canada is calling on the federal government to extend and strengthen support for foodservice businesses in the following areas so they can continue contributing to Canada’s recovery in 2021.

1) Assistance with labour costs, rising debt and cash flow

The following programs should continue to be available in 2021 to support foodservice businesses still struggling to operate under ongoing restrictions:

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

These COVID-19 response measures have made a meaningful difference in the short term and should be extended and strengthened to support business continuity over the longer term.

Restaurants Canada also recommends changes to the tax regime to further support businesses struggling with cash flow. Simplified rent relief provided directly to businesses is also needed.

2) Red tape reduction for small and medium-sized businesses

Restaurants Canada is recommending that any new legislation and measures that were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic be reassessed to consider the new economic realities for businesses.

Hurdles to doing business should be limited wherever possible while small and medium-sized enterprises continue to struggle to remain operational under ongoing restrictions.

3) Targeted foodservice sector support

Sector-specific measures are needed to address some of the unique challenges that restaurants and other foodservice businesses have endured due to COVID-19. Restaurants Canada has provided a number of recommendations based on input from its members.

All recommendations contained in the full submission from Restaurants Canada can be consulted here:

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

  • Restaurants and other foodservice businesses are the fourth-largest source of private sector jobs and number 1 source of first jobs for Canadians, typically employing 1.2 million people.
  • Restaurants support a wide variety of supply chain businesses, indirectly supporting more than 290,000 jobs.
  • Restaurants typically spend more than $30 billion per year on food and beverage purchases, playing a critical role for Canadian farmers and the agri-food sector.

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