(Apr. 27/17) Today’s budget brings some welcome news to the foodservice industry as the Ontario government has committed to a balanced budget and has announced an increased commitment to job training.

“A strong economy is important to all of Ontario, especially for the restaurant industry,” said James Rilett, Restaurants Canada’s Ontario Vice-President.  “The Ontario government’s announcement of a balanced budget is the first step in the long-term fiscal health of the province.”

The Ontario government will also increase its commitment to co-operative and career placement training through the Career Kick Start Strategy.

“Our industry has long supported on-the-job training while students learn,” said Rilett.  “The Career Kick Start Program could be a useful tool as our industry continues to support students and at-risk youth with skills that will help to boost their careers in our industry and throughout their lives.”

Restaurants Canada was disappointed by the lack of support for small businesses who are having trouble with high electricity costs.  Support programs are restricted to households and industrial customers.  The initiative to expand access to natural gas to rural and Northern areas could help restaurants that currently do not have access to the cheaper energy source.

Restaurants Canada is a growing community of 30,000 foodservice businesses, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and suppliers. We connect our members from coast to coast, through services, research and advocacy for a strong and vibrant restaurant industry. Canada’s restaurant industry directly employs 1.2 million Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs, and serves 18 million customers every day.

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