(Feb. 18/18): Restaurants Canada is hitting the road to talk about the Wynne government’s controversial Bill 148 and the impact it is having on Ontario’s small businesses.

Steve Virtue, vice president of Restaurants Canada, has been addressing several municipal Chambers of Commerce for the past few weeks to discuss and provide insight on best practices for restaurateurs and small business owners in terms of managing costs and improving short-, medium- and long-term business prospects.

On Feb. 5, Virtue led a well-received foodservice industry discussion entitled Bill 148 and Its Industry Impact on the North at the Timmins’ Chamber of Commerce, which was attended by local business owners and operators

Virtue told the audience that Restaurants Canada has an advocacy plan for youth employment, which could help small business owners during this tumultuous time.

Then on Feb. 7, Virtue addressed Thunder Bay’s Chamber of Commerce with his speech, Addressing the Challenges of Our Foodservice Sector. This discussion focused on Bill 148, focusing on the sweeping labour reforms foodservice owners and operators are having to adjust to at a rushed pace.

On Feb. 8, the Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce hosted Virtue at the Olympia Restaurant
where he presented tips and ideas so that restaurants and small businesses can adjust and adapt to the increased minimum wage and labour reforms in Bill 148.

Foodservice operators should not miss Virtue’s next speech on Feb. 22 at the Best Western Plus Cairn Croft Hotel in Niagara Falls, where members of South Niagara Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance. This discussion will provide local small business owners the opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the Bill 148 debate. If you do wish to attend, you can register here.

Restaurants Canada is planning many more presentations in the coming weeks and months. Be sure to check our website for updates.

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