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.

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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
  • Most foodservice operators reported either no change in their same-store sales or lower sales in Q4 of 2018 compared to Q4 2017, likely due to falling consumer confidence in an uncertain economy.
  • The top priorities for restaurant operators in 2019 are reducing operating costs, improving guest experience and focusing more attention on labour
  • Struggling with rising expenses, four in 10 foodservice establishments said their financial performance worsened in 2018 compared to 2017.
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 celliott@restaurantscanada.org to receive the next survey. All participants get a FREE copy of the full report!

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