(Apr. 15/15) The Quebec budget for 2015 contains much good news for our members. Here’s what the government is changing and what it means for you:

  • Simplify the alcohol permit system for restaurants and bars. If this is finalized, it would mean the end of the one-permit-per-room system including patios.
  • Look at different ways to settle infractions on bottle stamping. Currently, operators are unfairly burdened with fines, lawyer expenses and court time simply because bottle stamps fall off.
  • Review alcohol rules, which gives us the opportunity to push for better rules on meal requirements, underage children on patios, and the two-permit system to serve and sell.
  • Reduce payroll taxes by 2.5 per cent.
  • Raise threshold for training investment to $2 million, which is good news for our independent members. Currently, if your payroll is above $1 million, you have to invest one per cent of it in employee training.

Tax credit on tips declared stays the same
The government listened to us and held the tax credit on tips declared at 75 per cent. If it had followed the fiscal commission’s advice to cut the tax credit to 50 per cent, the average restaurant with service would have to pay $2,500 to $3,000 more each year.

Read our press release on the Quebec budget.

Top photo: Restaurants Canada’s Jean Lefebvre has worked closely with Public Security Minister Lise Thériault (right) to improve the alcohol system for Quebec licensees.


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