When we mark a milestone or a special event, we go to a restaurant and the staff becomes part of the celebration. When we’re feeling down, we seek out the cheerful vibes of our favourite bar & grill, or the comforting quiet of a booth in a dimly lit cafe. When we’re homesick, there’s a restaurant that can make it like they do back home, no matter where in the world that may be.
Like family, restaurants know exactly what you need, even when you don’t. That daily special that sounds just right, or a dessert you can’t say no to. (“But, bring two spoons!”)
Finding a familiar chain when you’re far from home is like visiting family that moved away. And discovering someplace new is like being introduced to family you never knew you had.
Imagining life without restaurants is like imagining life without family – liveable, but oh, so lonely.
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Restaurants do more than nourish the body and the soul. They also feed the economy — before COVID-19, foodservice was the fastest-growing industry in Canada, generating $93 billion in sales in 2019. Now, half of all local restaurants are at risk of closing within a year.
You can help kickstart the recovery. Support your local restaurant by:
Share the pledge
When it comes to family, you never have to feel bad asking for help when you need it. Spread the word that our restaurant family needs us – share the cause on social media, and ask others to take a few moments to show Canada’s restaurant owners and workers that we value their commitment to serving us safely, and we can’t picture our lives without them.
Show us what restaurants mean to you
Share your favourite restaurant memories from your social feed, camera roll, scrapbooks, and albums with us, and we’ll share it with the nation so everyone gets the picture – restaurants are family.
Simply use the hashtag #RestaurantsAreFamily and tag the restaurant.
In communities across Canada, restaurants play an essential role. They drive our economy by creating jobs for all skill-levels, and supporting our farmers and a vast network of suppliers and producers. Just as importantly, restaurants bring character to neighbourhoods by providing a warm place for people to gather, fulfilling a human need for connection. We need that, now more than ever.
Restaurant operators and their teams represent the diverse makeup of Canada, not only in the meals they create but also in the people that serve them. Read their stories and learn why when restaurants thrive, so do the communities they call home.