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From Global Kitchens to Local Plates: Immigration’s Role in Canada’s Restaurant Landscape.

The food and accommodation sector are the largest employer of immigrants and newcomers to Canada. Half of all Canadian restaurants are run by entrepreneurs who came here as immigrants, providing economic, social, and cultural benefits to communities across the country.  

Fast Fact 1

Canada’s fourth-largest employer; over 1.1 million employees from coast to coast

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The largest employer of immigrants and newcomers to Canada

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Inclusive – 58% of the foodservice workforce are women

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Diverse – 31% of restaurant owners belong to visible minority groups

Member Feature

Menthe et Couscous
Montréal, QC

Our Recommendations

There are currently one million open work permitted newcomers in Canada made up of asylum seekers, refugees and international students. Unfortunately, newcomers often face significant barriers to full time Canadian employment and large numbers of them are currently unemployed. The restaurant industry has 78,000 job vacancies across Canada and a solid track record of supporting newcomers. This represents a win-win-win for governments, newcomers and the restaurant industry.

Our Recommendation: Implement a government run program to match open work permit newcomers with opportunity for employment in the restaurant industry.

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