600600p6489EDNmain646NL Election_IndIssuesImgMonday, Nov. 30 is election day in Newfoundland and Labrador. How can you be sure your business`s most important needs are front and centre with the next provincial government?

Restaurants Canada is telling election candidates about the importance of our industry and the issues that matter most to our members.  But we need your help to make our voice even stronger.

Below are a few things you can do as a Restaurants Canada member to make a difference in this election.

If you’re not a member of Restaurants Canada, join us! Help us keep the restaurant and foodservice industry on the agenda for the new provincial government. Contact our membership team at 1-800-387-5649 ormembership@restaurantscanada.org.  Or, join online now!


1.  What can I do?
  • On Nov. 30th, it’s your chance to make a difference. But why wait? Take time now to talk to candidates in your riding about the difference you make in your community.  Review our Menu of Issues and raise the ones that matter most to you.
2.  How can I contact my candidate?
  • Visit the party websites below. Enter your postal code, and you’ll find everything you need to contact your local candidate:
Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador
Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador
NDP Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

3.  How can I arrange a meeting?

  • Call directory assistance (709-555-1212) and ask for the campaign office for each candidate.
  • Call the campaign office and request a 15-minute meeting. If possible, ask if you can meet in your restaurant! Explain that you live in the riding and/or employ people in the riding.
  • Get to know our Menu of Issues

4.  What should I do at the meeting?

  • Don’t worry about knowing everything about the industry or the issues. Pick one or two key issues and be prepared to talk about them.
  • Tell the candidate about your business and the number of people who work for you.
  • Tell him or her how important the foodservice industry is in your community.
  • Ask where the candidate stands on the issue(s) that matter most to you and your business.
  • Thank the candidate for his or her time.

5.  What should I do after the meeting?

  • Send a letter, thanking the candidate for his or her time and reiterating the issues you discussed.
  • Call Restaurants Canada at 1-800-387-5649 ext. 5000 or email lerjavec@restaurantscanada.org to let us know how your meeting went.
  • Email Restaurants Canada a copy of your letter and/or meeting highlights.

6.  What else can I do?

  • Attend an all-candidate forum or debate and ask the politicians about issues facing your business.
  • Vote!


In Newfoundland and Labrador, 1,100 foodservice operators generate $1 billion in sales. On top of that, for every dollar spent in a restaurant, an additional $1.85 is generated in the rest of the economy. With 15,700 employees, foodservice and restaurants are the third-largest employer in the province, hiring more Newfoundlanders than the farming and forestry industries combined.

Chart_2014 Private Sector Employment by Industry NL
As a key part of the foodservice industry, you serve up jobs, investment and community involvement. You add value to your local community when you function as a social club for seniors, a meeting place for community groups, a boardroom for small business, and a sponsor of the local hockey team. A prosperous foodservice industry will lead to future growth and job creation across the province.

 Photo_PremierDavis_Small  Photo_DwightBall_Small
Restaurants Canada’s Luc Erjavec, Director of the
Restaurants Canada board Jeremy Bonia
(Raymonds), Premier Paul Davis, and then-Director
Brenda O’Reilly (YellowBelly Brewery & Public House).
Past Director of the board Brenda O’Reilly, Leader
of the Official Opposition Dwight Ball, and
Restaurants Canada’s Luc Erjavec.


If the HST is increased, your customers’ disposable income would fall. It would also increase the advantage grocery stores have over you, since similar foods are taxed differently. Overall, a higher HST would mean lower restaurant sales, fewer visitors to the province, and fewer job opportunities for Newfoundlanders.

Labour Costs 
Over the last decade, Newfoundland and Labrador’s minimum wage has increased more than three times faster than other economic indicators. We’d like the government to consider whether minimum wage policy is really working. We’d also like a liquor server wage to recognize income earned in tips, and an inexperienced wage to recognize the high cost of training workers.

Beverage Alcohol Reform
Newfoundland and Labrador was the only province to receive a failing grade on Restaurants Canada’s liquor policy report card.  You need wholesale pricing, improved selection, and updated regulations. We’re asking the Newfoundland Liquor Corporation to work with us to remove barriers to business and to enhance customer experiences.

Labour Shortage
In the future, the restaurant and bar industry will face labour shortages.  The province needs to develop work and immigration policy that covers labour market needs for all skill levels, so you can hire the employees you need.


For more information or to get involved, please contact:

Luc Erjavec: 902-209-0804 or lerjavec@restaurantscanada.org
Paul McKay: 1-800-387-5649 ext. 4225 or pmckay@restaurantscanada.org

We’re stronger together!


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