Eating Out : Restaurants Canada lauds Federal initiatives

The FES has brought some cheers to the restaurant owners.

A new ray of hope has been kindled for 90,000-odd restaurants throughout the country following the Fall Economic Statement (FES) of the Federal Government.

Going by the spirit of the new initiatives, the consumers may continue to get good service without any extra cost on account of credit card usage fee.

The statement relates to three key initiatives that will help the food service sector in addressing labour shortages besides lowering credit card fees.

Many restaurants have been working under capacity because of serious labour shortages. As such their profits have plummeted. Rising costs of the raw material were also reducing the returns.

It may be pertinent to mention that of last month, merchants were authorised to charge credit card usage fee that had put the restaurant industry in a piquant situation.

While trying to come out of the crippling impact  the Covid pandemic had on the industry, it had yet another challenge added to its woes. The credit card usage fee, the restaurant industry felt, would further impact its business.

The FES has brought some cheers to the restaurant owners.

Restaurants Canada President and CEO Christian Buhagiar  commended the FES.

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“Restaurants Canada commends the federal government for today’s Fall Economic Statement (FES) that contains three key initiatives that will help the food service sector, including lowering credit card fees and addressing labour shortages,” he said in a statement.

“The Government of Canada’s commitment to take real action on credit card fees has the potential to meaningfully lower costs for our industry and our customers at a time when we are still rebuilding. While the outcome of the planned negotiations remains to be seen, the fact that the government is prepared to regulate fees if the card companies do not come to the table is promising. This commitment must be followed by action, and quickly.

“We also applaud the federal government’s commitment of new funding to help increase immigration levels to address acute labour shortages. A reliable and capable supply of international workers that supplements our domestic workforce is critical given the demographic pressures faced within the economy, and especially within the foodservice sector. We are prepared to work with the government and our provincial and municipal partners as this funding is deployed, to ensure that implementation takes into consideration the unique needs of the foodservice sector.

“Restaurants Canada also welcomes the federal government’s boost to funding for youth employment. As the leading provider of first jobs for Canada’s youth, our industry looks forward to working with the government to continue to provide great jobs for young people just entering the workforce.

“Restaurants Canada plans to work closely with the government as these three key initiatives are implemented, to ensure that the unique circumstances and needs of our members are understood,” the statement said.

“We will also continue to advocate for sector-specific commitments required to help the 90,000+ restaurants throughout Canada recover and rebuild, including pressing the government to take action on CEBA loans, which were not addressed in the FES.

“We still have a long way to go to help our industry recover, but this is a good start,” he concluded.



Prabhjot Singh

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