TORONTO, July 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restaurants Canada is urging reforms to the federal wage subsidy that will better help foodservice businesses rehire workers as they continue to reopen and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

At least 400,000 people previously employed in the Canadian foodservice sector are still out of work, according to the results of the latest Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada. This is still half of the jobs that the sector has lost since the start of the pandemic and a third of the foodservice industry’s workforce still not recovered.

“Reforms to the federal wage subsidy are urgently needed to help foodservice businesses bring more Canadians back to work amid ongoing restrictions,” said David Lefebvre, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Federal and Quebec. “Forty-four per cent of restaurant operators who responded to our latest survey said they did not apply for the subsidy for at least one of their establishments because it would not meet the requirements.”

Restaurants need reforms to the wage subsidy to rehire more Canadians

Restaurants and other foodservice businesses are the fourth-largest source of private sector jobs in Canada. Collectively, the industry employs about 1.2 million people. At least this was the case before COVID-19 resulted in more than 800,000 people from the foodservice and hospitality sector out of work by April.

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 return to profitability. Given this reality, Restaurants Canada is continuing to recommend the following changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program to ensure foodservice businesses can bring more Canadians back to work as they continue to reopen and recover:

  • Continue to keep the subsidy available for as long as restrictions are in place. Instead of the 75 per cent wage subsidy suddenly dropping to zero, support should be reduced gradually as businesses get closer to manageable levels of revenue variance while operating under ongoing restrictions.

The 30 per cent revenue decline threshold should be scaled to support restaurants in their recovery, instead of serving as a disincentive to improving sales at the risk of losing access to the subsidy while businesses are still operating at a loss.


ABBOTSFORD, BC, July 9, 2020 /CNW/ - July 15th is officially Blueberry Day in British Columbia and a perfect kick off to the Go Blue BC Virtual Event. This online hub at will house how-to videos, chef and grower interviews, recipes, family-friendly activities, and an exciting grand prize contest. Naturally, the website will also feature links to all our BC Blueberry producers, helping you find fresh BC blueberries in your area. The virtual event runs from July 15th until BC Day (August 3).

As fresh blueberry season is upon us, the BC Blueberry Council invites British Columbians to join in the annual excitement around the harvest of this locally grown superfood. July 15th, 2020 has been proclaimed BC Blueberry Day in British Columbia, and this date kicks off a summer-time celebration that will take place across the province called Go Blue BC.

You could win $1000 in gift cards

In the online contest (open to residents of British Columbia), families can enter to win amazing blueberry-themed prize packs as well as the grand prize, sponsored graciously by White Spot and Triple O's. Your local favourites have joined forces to provide one lucky winner with $1000 in gift cards! Enter at from July 15 – August 3.

Dine Out for BC Blueberries

As the primary Go Blue BC restaurant partners, White Spot and Triple O's will feature a BC Blueberry forward menu that officially kicks off July 20th and runs for four weeks. Menu items include a pie, milkshake, and cheesecake, all to be featured at 58 stores in BC. Triple O's will also feature the BC Blueberry shake from July 20 – September 6 at approximately 40 locations.

Restaurants, caterers, and chefs across the province are getting behind BC Blueberries with special menu items. BC restaurants taking part include L'Abattoir, Burdock & Co, Chickadee Room at Juke, Cibo Trattoria, Como Taperia, Dachi, Farm's Gate Foods & Catering, FED, Hart House, Honolulu Coffee, Hopcott Bistro, Kafka Coffee, Lazy Gourmet, Livia, the Lakehouse at Shawnigan, Locals-Food from the Heart of the Island, Miku Restaurant, Nuba, Potluck Hawker Eatery, Published on Main, Silk Road Tea, TIME Winery & Kitchen, UBC Food Services, Vij's, and more. The full list will be published online on

Pick your Own Berries

BC Blueberry famers are offering U pick this summer under special COVID-19 protocols – find the farm closest to you on

BC Blueberries are a big deal for BC

Annually, the BC Blueberry Council begins fresh blueberry season in July. With more than 600 highbush blueberry growers covering more than 30,000 hectares across the province, this is a busy time for the BC Blueberry Council and its members.

BC Blueberry Day on July 15th is a way to show appreciation for our province's hardworking BC blueberry farmers while commemorating the start of the fresh season.

But the fun doesn't have to end there. BC Blueberry Day is a way to remind us that we should celebrate BC Blueberries all year long. Whether fresh or frozen, BC Blueberries are a versatile pantry-staple that should always be at the top of every shopping list.

For ways on how to incorporate BC blueberries into your daily routine, visit and visit their social media pages @bcblueberries.


EDMONTON, Alberta, July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restaurants Canada commends the Government of Alberta for introducing new labour legislation this week that will help restaurants continue contributing to the province’s economic recovery.

“The proposed changes in the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act will provide foodservice businesses with more simple, fair and flexible labour policies, which will help them remain operational and bring more Albertans back to work,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada. “Our members tell us operating under ongoing restrictions is a challenge and reducing red tape wherever possible can make these extraordinary times much easier to navigate.”

“This is only the beginning of what will be a long and difficult road to recovery for our industry,” he added. “We appreciate the Alberta government listening to the concerns of small businesses like restaurants as they continue to do their part to rebuild the economy and revive neighbourhoods.”


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