Running a restaurant or foodservice business comes with a long menu of fees and taxes – from credit card fees to music royalties. Restaurants Canada is a voice for fairness and accountability in this area, and we keep our members informed and up-to-date.

Note: Click here for information on payroll taxes.


Sales Taxes

CHART: Sales taxes on food and beverages

Credit/Debit Fees

Speak out on credit card fees!



Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness feedback on revised tax proposals (Dec. 3/17)

Small Business Tax Changes: Keeping the Pressure Up! (Dec. 3/17)

Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness feedback on revised tax proposals (Nov. 29/17)

Tax Planning Using Private Corporations Submissions (Oct. 5/17)

Proposed Federal Small Business Tax Changes (Sept. 24/17)

Pushing Back Against Small Business Tax Changes (Sept. 10/17)

Game Misconduct: Sportsnet and TSN/RDS Prices Soar for Restaurants (Mar 24/17)


Alberta Members: Relaxed Patio Restrictions are Another Win for Raise The Bar (Aug. 24/16)

British Columbia

Help Us Get the Word Out: Top Three Restaurant Issues in B.C. Election (May 5/17)


Restaurants Canada Congratulates the Pallister Government on a Positive Budget (March 18/18)

New Brunswick

Restaurants Canada at the Government Table in New Brunswick (May 27/18)

New Brunswick Release Pre-Election Budget (Feb 4/18)

New Brunswick Takes Steps to Assist Restaurants by Reducing Small Business Taxes and Allowing Pooled Pensions (Dec. 3/17)

Small Business Taxes Get Better for N.B. Restaurateurs (Apr. 6/17)

Newfoundland and Labrador

Restaurants Canada Asks Newfoundland Government for a More Fair Tax System (May 27/18)

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget Released (April 1/18)

N.L.’s Budget Has Tasty Morsels for Restaurant Operators (Apr. 7/17)

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Budget: Some Good News for Restaurateurs (May 5/17)


Does Your Foodservice Business Include Manufacturing Facilities? Are You Expanding? (May 13/18)

Ontario Government Hints at Early Budget (Feb 4/18)

Waste Diversion Collection Rates on the Rise (Nov. 5/17)

Ontario’s Electricity Price Cut Ignores Businesses (Mar. 8/17)

Prince Edward Island

P.E.I. Balanced Budget Brings Modest Tax Relief to Islanders and Restaurateurs (April 15/18)

P.E.I. Budget Could Help Restaurant Sales (Apr. 20/17)


Restaurants Canada Salutes Accomplishments as Quebec Concludes its Parliamentary Session (June 14/18)

Restaurants Canada Get Members’ Concerns Included in Quebec Budget (April 15/18)

Montreal Debating New Food Truck Rules and Regulations (March 18/18)

Quebec Budget Gets Personal Taxes Right, But Fails on Alcohol (Mar. 29/17)


No Relief for Saskatchewan Restaurateurs in 2018-2019 Budget (April 15/18)

Regina Members Have Say on City Patio Bylaw Amendment (Dec. 3/17)

Survey: What Does the Saskatchewan Meal Tax Mean for You? (May 5/17)

Saskatchewan’s 6% Meal Tax Could Cost Our Industry $140 Million in Sales (Mar. 24/17)

Saskatchewan Kills Food Tax Fairness With New 6% Meal Tax (Mar. 22/17)