Restaurant Outlook Survey

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: Q1 2020

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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
  • As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases soared in February and March 2020, a greater share of restaurant operators reported lower same-store sales compared to the same period last year.
  • In the first two weeks of February, nearly half (46%) of respondents reported that their same-store sales were lower compared to the same period in 2019.
  • With the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in early March, 78% of foodservice operators surveyed reported lower same-store sales between March 1, 2020 and March 15, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
  • At the end of March, lower revenues and social distancing measures imposed by governments resulted in 53% of respondents closing down their entire operation temporarily.
  • The survey also found that if current conditions persist over the next 30 days, 18% of respondents said their business would close down permanently in less than a month. This is on top of the nearly 10% of respondents that said they have already closed down permanently.
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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Restaurant Outlook Survey

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