Restaurants Canada is stirring up change for licensees!
In every Canadian community, bars and restaurants are popular places for locals, tourists and visitors alike. These businesses may be popular, but they are far from profitable.
Outdated regulations and unfair pricing are making it difficult for many bars and licensed restaurants to stay afloat. The average profit margin hovers around 3% of operating revenue.
Are you being served?
Restaurants Canada has issued its second Raise the Bar report card as a call for change. The report card assigns a grade to each province based on four criteria: pricing and selection; licensing and regulation; customer sales; and political and regulatory activity.
The report doesn’t pull any punches. We call out the problems and propose reasonable solutions. But we also give credit where credit is due. Many provinces responded favourably to our first report card in 2015, and made positive changes for licensees. For example:
✓ Alberta cut red tape and made licensing rules more flexible for patios
✓ Saskatchewan is making progress on liquor retail privatization and access to liquor wholesale pricing
✓ Quebec cut the number and cost of required liquor licenses
✓ Nova Scotia now allows restaurants to serve a limited number of drinks without food
✓ PEI cut the waiting time for a liquor license by over a month
Still, there’s plenty of room for improvement. Are you being served? Check out the results for your province, and let us know what you think.