TORONTO, March 18, 2015 – The Canadian restaurant industry expanded for the fifth straight year in 2014, growing to $72 billion in annual sales and 1.2 million employees across the country.

“In an era of rising costs and increased competition, five straight years of growth is truly remarkable. Restaurants are more important than ever to the Canadian economy and society,” says Donna Dooher, interim president and CEO of Restaurants Canada.

“While many other industries move online, restaurants remain at the heart of neighbourhoods across Canada.”

In the restaurant business, higher sales also mean more jobs – especially for first-time job seekers.

“This is a people business, which means that as a restaurant, bar or caterer grows, they invest in hiring,” says Dooher. “We provide more first-time job training than any other industry.”

Like many other businesses, restaurants took a hit in 2009 due to the recession. However, the industry has since climbed its way back, with growth driven primarily by restaurants and caterers, and a booming economy in Western Canada.

Restaurants Canada is forecasting continued growth for the industry in 2015.

View infographic: Canada’s restaurant industry growth in sales and jobs

Restaurants Canada (formerly the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association) is a national association comprising 30,000 businesses in every segment of the foodservice industry, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and their suppliers. Through advocacy, research, and member programs and services, Restaurants Canada is dedicated to helping its members in every community grow and prosper.

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