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: Q2 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

  • Although 93% of respondents reported lower same-store sales in June 2020 compared to June 2019, more than half of those said the decline was less than in May 2020.
  • Of those that were open for on-premise dining, 35% of respondents reported that this had a positive impact on their business. Yet nearly half (49%) of respondents said reopening for on-premise service had a negative impact on their business.
  • More than half (52%) of those that were open either for on-premise or takeout and delivery were operating at a loss in June. Another 20% were just breaking even.
  • Of those respondents that were operating at a loss, 56% said it would take 12 months or longer to return to profitability.
  • Now that foodservice operators are slowly bringing back staff, six in 10 respondents said that employees have refused to return to work in order to remain on CERB.
  • Menu prices are forecast to increase by an average of 3.6% over the next 12 months compared to 3.3% in Q1.
  • 4% of respondents said they currently operate a ghost kitchen as part of their business model. Another 8% are planning to open a ghost kitchen in the next two years.
  • The share of respondents feeling “very pessimistic” about their business over the next 12 months dropped from 51% in Q1 down to 26% in Q2. Conversely, the share of respondents feeling “very” or “somewhat” optimistic about the next 12 months increased from 10% in Q1 to 23% in Q2.

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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