Restaurant Outlook Survey

Learn how restaurateurs feel about sales and employment in the coming months, as well as what operational challenges they are facing. This quarterly survey, based on member responses, provides a progressive perspective on business conditions for the foodservice industry.

Latest Issue: Q3 2019

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The Restaurant Outlook Survey report is compiled from responses to a quarterly survey sent to participating industry operators across Canada.

Report Highlights
  • For a third consecutive quarter, the share of foodservice operators that saw lower same-store sales exceeded the share that saw higher sales. 29% of foodservice operators in Canada reported higher same-store sales in Q3; 35% posted lower same-store sales.


  • Despite growing fears of an economic slowdown or a possible recession, 46% of respondents are optimistic about the next 12 months, down slightly from 48% in Q2.


  • Labour issues remain the top challenge for operators. Eight in 10 respondents said high labour costs were having a negative impact on their business, and 59% reported labour shortages.


  • On average, restaurant operators are planning to raise menu prices by 3.2% over the next 12 months.


  • Eight in 10 restaurant operators said that environmental sustainability is important to the success of their business. Nearly 40% of respondents said they will invest more over the next three years to make their operations more environmentally sustainable.


  • Menus are evolving to meet consumer demands. Many restaurants have recently expanded or are planning to expand their menus to include new appetizers (54%), healthier menu items (53%), and locally sourced foods (41%).
Interested in participating in the Restaurant Outlook Survey?

Restaurants Canada encourages foodservice operators to participate in the Restaurant Outlook Survey to ensure results continue to be an accurate representation of our industry. Contact Chris Elliott at to receive the next survey. All participants get a FREE copy of the full report!

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