Nova Scotia members: This election, ask candidates what they plan for foodservice

Published May 15, 2017

The Nova Scotia election on May 30 is the ideal opportunity for you to make sure the government understands the foodservice industry’s enormous contribution to the economy and communities across the province.

The restaurant and foodservice industry brings jobs, investment, innovation and tourism to Nova Scotia. It provides a focal point for people to gather. The next provincial government should make it a top priority to create a business climate that enables our important industry to compete and succeed.

What we’re asking the government
We need the following to grow our industry and jobs:

  • A minimum wage that continues to link to an economic indicator, such as the CPI. A large increase to $15/hour would damage the industry and job growth. A liquor server wage should also be introduced to recognize the significant income earned from tips.
  • Streamlined liquor licence regulations, and permission for licensees to sell beverage alcohol products for take away.
  • A competitive and stable fiscal environment. Provincial budgets should continue to balance, and surpluses should aim to reduce the province’s high level of taxation instead of new program spending.

The restaurant industry wants to work with the government to help create the right policies for success.

Our industry in numbers
Foodservice operators and our employees are an integral part of Nova Scotia’s economic and social fabric.

  • Our industry is made up of 2,259 small business operators generating $1.8 billion in sales.
  • For every dollar spent in a restaurant, an additional $1.85 is spent in the rest of the economy.
  • With 31,200 employees, we are the third-largest employer in the province. We employ more Nova Scotians than the farming and forestry industries combined.

INFOGRAPHIC: See how much our industry contributes to the economy and community.

We bring people together
In addition to good food and good times, foodservice operators grow community involvement. Restaurants, cafeterias, coffee shops and bars are gathering spots for people from all walks of life. Operators are proud to serve as a social club for seniors, the sponsor of the local hockey team, the boardroom for small businesses, and a meeting place for community groups. You’ll find foodservice wherever Nova Scotians gather to celebrate, do business, talk politics, and spend time with family and friends.

Strength in numbers: What you can do
Help us get our message out by sharing your views with candidates, and asking them how they plan to help you continue to grow and create jobs.

Useful links
Learn more about the different party platforms and candidates, and find your riding.

Thank you for helping us get the word out. Don’t forget to vote on May 30!


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