The share of Canadians that ordered breakfast, lunch and snacks from a restaurant continued to trend upwards in May. Lunch saw the biggest improvement, with the share of Canadians ordering lunch at least once a week or more climbing to 20% in May compared to 15% in March and April. Meanwhile, the share of Canadians that ordered a coffee or snack from a restaurant at least once increased to 59% in May, marking the second consecutive monthly increase.
Dinner occasions remained the most popular daypart, with 86% of Canadians ordered dinner from a restaurant at least once in the month of May.
Consumers Express Caution
While May represents a notable improvement in restaurant traffic, Canadians have indicated they may start pulling back on spending. With headline inflation at its highest rate in over three decades, roughly one in four Canadians said they will go out less often to a restaurant in June. By comparison, 11% of respondents said they will go out more often to a quick-service restaurant and 18% that said they will go out more often to a table-service restaurant.
The above findings are from a monthly survey conducted by Angus Reid on behalf of Restaurants Canada with a nationally representative sample of 1,500 Canadians who are members of the online Angus Reid Forum. For comparison purposes only, a sample of this size would result in a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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