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Restaurants Canada is a national, not-for-profit association advancing the potential of Canada’s diverse and dynamic foodservice industry through member programs, research, advocacy, resources and events. Before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s foodservice sector was a $95-billion industry, directly employing 1.2 million people, providing Canada’s number one source of first jobs and serving 22 million customers across the country every day. The industry has since lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in sales due to the impacts of COVID-19.

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The 90,000+ small and medium-sized businesses that make up the Canadian foodservice industry provide our country’s fourth-largest source of private-sector jobs.

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9 out of 10 restaurants have relied on federal rent and wage subsidies to help them survive the pandemic, yet only 20 per cent qualify for the new Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program.

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At least 12,000 foodservice establishments have permanently shut down, and about half of all remaining restaurants are still at risk of closing. Guest counts are still well below pre-pandemic levels.

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Advertising feature produced by Randall Anthony Communications with Restaurants Canada. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved