As British Columbia prepares to go to the polls on May 14, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association has a clear message for election candidates: British Columbia’s $10-billion, 166,000-employee restaurant industry is too important to ignore!

Foodservice operators and our employees are an integral part of British Columbia’s fabric, both economically and socially. In financial terms, our industry is made up of more than 12,000 small business operators generating $10 billion in sales. On top of this, for every dollar spent in a restaurant, an additional $1.85 is spent in the rest of the economy. With 166,000 employees, we are the fourth-largest, private-sector employer in the province.

There is no better time to approach a politician about issues impacting your business than when they are seeking election. Our industry is uniquely positioned to get a message to the provincial parties during this election – candidates are visiting restaurants daily while on the campaign trail.

You can help make restaurants matter in this election by using the resources in your Election Toolkit (available on the left):

Review CRFA’s Vision for B.C. ’s Restaurant Industry.
Review the Candidate and Issue Checklist (PDF)
Use the Participation Guide to gain a better understanding of how to get involved.
Provincial candidates need to hear about the importance of the restaurant industry to their community – and what is needed in the way of public policy to instil business confidence. We want to work together to ensure the industry can invest, create jobs and contribute to the province’s prosperity into the future.

Together we can make a difference!

Mark von Schellwitz
Vice President, Western Canada


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