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February 14, 2019

Restaurants Canada launches policy solutions campaign for Alberta

Foodservice industry association Restaurants Canada has launched a campaign to help improve conditions for catering and hospitality businesses in Alberta.

Foodservice industry association Restaurants Canada has launched a campaign to help improve conditions for catering and hospitality businesses in Alberta.

The campaign will focus on increasing awareness regarding issues faced by foodservice establishments in the province, as well as offer policy solutions for Alberta’s next government.

According to the association, restaurants across Alberta have been facing a number of setbacks caused by operational cost increases due to legislative and regulatory changes.

Policy changes were intended to boost earnings and reduce the cost of living for Albertans. However, Alberta has seen very less growth in foodservice sales compared to other provinces in Canada.

“Alberta’s next government has an opportunity to improve conditions for foodservice businesses so that they can continue serving communities across this province.”

The organisation added that these policies have resulted in the loss of more than 10,000 jobs in foodservice and accommodation sectors. This represents a fall from 13 to 11.7 in the average number of workers per business and a 9.1% drop in the average sales per unit.

Restaurants Canada Western Canada vice-president Mark von Schellwitz said: “Since 2015, restaurants across Alberta have been battling a perfect storm of operational cost increases from a variety of policy changes, against the backdrop of a weakened economy.

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“Working together with Restaurants Canada, Alberta’s next government has an opportunity to improve conditions for foodservice businesses so that they can continue serving communities across this province.”

Restaurants Canada has more than 30,000 foodservice businesses such as restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and suppliers in its network. It directly employs 1.2 million Canadians and serves 22 million customers a day.

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