TORONTO, October 15, 2015 – Restaurants Canada has released the Top 10 Restaurant Ridings – a list of federal electoral ridings ranked by the number of people directly employed by local restaurateurs. Vancouver Centre leads the way, with nearly 20,000 people employed by restaurateurs. Coming in close behind are Montreal’s Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Sœurs with 18,580, and Calgary Centre with 15,750.

“These numbers point out the importance of restaurant jobs not only in these ridings, but in every community across the country, particularly for young people,” said Donna Dooher, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada. “It’s a matter of pride to us that one in five working young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are employed in the restaurant and foodservice industry.”

Restaurants Canada has met with candidates throughout the campaign, calling for policies to help operators continue to invest in their communities and create jobs. More than 1.2 million people are directly employed by the foodservice industry, making it the country’s fourth-largest employer. It also generates 282,000 jobs in related industries.

Here are the Top 10 restaurant ridings, as ranked by number of people directly employed in the restaurant industry:

Ranking Riding Name  People employed
 1.  Vancouver Centre  19,680
 2.  Ville-Marie-Le Sud-Ouest-Île-des-Sœurs  18,580
 3.  Calgary Centre  15,750
 4.  Spadina-Fort York  12,830
 5.  Laurier-Sainte-Marie  11,350
 6.  University-Rosedale  10,790
 7.  Toronto Centre  10,410
 8.  Edmonton Centre   9,710
 9.  Winnipeg Centre   9,640
 10.  Niagara Falls   9,510

To see the number of restaurant employees in the top 50 ridings, see our link at http://rcdata.ca/1LcsnlO. For a ranking of ridings by number of restaurant establishments, see the list at http://rcdata.ca/1MsoNlg. To view our infographic, visit http://rcdata.ca/1k8cq7j.

The lists were compiled using data from Restaurants Canada, Business Register, Statistics Canada and ReCount/NPD Group.

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