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: Q2 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
  • 40% of foodservice operators in Canada reported lower same-store sales in Q2, virtually unchanged from Q1. Inclement weather, increased competition and a sputtering economy were the primary causes.
  • With new restaurant unit openings outpacing population growth, there is increasing competition to bring in guests and find labour.
  • Nearly half (48%) of respondents are optimistic about the next 12 months due to an expected improvement in traffic. In contrast, 24% are pessimistic due to a slowing economy, labour shortages, and increased competition from other restaurants.
  • Menu prices are forecast to grow by an average of 3.0% over the next 12 months, down slightly from 3.3% in Q1.
  • Labour shortages are negatively impacting more than half of foodservice businesses. Changing demographics – an aging population, lower birth rates in recent decades, and fewer young people joining the workforce – are a significant part of the problem.
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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