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Our Vision for P.E.I.’s Restaurant Industry
The provincial election on May 4 is an ideal opportunity for you to ensure the provincial government understands the enormous contributions the foodservice industry makes to the economy as well as communities across Prince Edward Island.
The restaurant and foodservice industry is a valued contributor to communities across P.E.I., bringing jobs, investment, innovation, tourism and a focal point for people to gather. A business climate that enables this important industry to compete and succeed should be a top public policy priority for the next provincial government.
A prosperous and growing restaurant and foodservice industry is critical to future growth and job creation in every community across the province. A policy environment that solidifies a partnership between the innovative restaurant industry and government is a recipe for success.
Foodservice operators and our employees are an integral part of the P.E.I. fabric, both economically and socially. In financial terms, our industry is made up of 370 small business operators generating $252 million in sales. On top of this, for every dollar spent in a restaurant, an additional $1.85 is spent in the rest of the economy. With 5,600 employees, we are the third-largest employer in the province and employ more Islanders than the farming, fishing, logging, mining, utilities and agriculture industries combined.
In addition to good food and good times, foodservice operators serve up jobs, investment and community involvement. Restaurants, cafeterias, coffee shops and bars are gathering spots for people from all walks of life, and operators are proud to serve as a social club for seniors, the sponsor of the local hockey team, the boardroom of small business, and a meeting place for community groups. You’ll find foodservice wherever Islanders gather to celebrate, do business, talk politics, and spend time with family and friends.
Like many other industries, foodservice has been hit hard by the recent recession – but given the proper conditions we are uniquely positioned to contribute to economic recovery and growth. Working with Restaurants Canada, the government must help create an environment where foodservice businesses can prosper thereby creating healthy, vibrant communities.