Published 02 April 2020
Restaurants Canada conducted a recent survey which has revealed some startling figures. These figures illustrate the food industry’s immense struggle to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 2, 2020 — A nationwide survey conducted between March 25 and 29 by Restaurants Canada has revealed that 800,000 food service jobs have been lost due to the current conditions caused by COVID-19. Restaurants Canada surveyed food businesses across Canada, receiving 655 completed surveys that represented 13,300 locations.
According to Restaurants Canada, the most significant revelations were the following:
These are grim numbers that illustrate the deep impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on the food industry within in Canada. Restaurants Canada has also stated that the results indicate that many jobs lost during the pandemic might not return.
The seriousness of the situation is not lost on Shanna Munro, the President and CEO of Restaurants Canada who says, “In our 75 years of existence as Canada’s national food service association, these are by far the worst numbers we have ever seen.”
The food industry was one of the first industries to be significantly effected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to be one of the hardest hit as closures continue for an unknown amount of time. The food service industry represents 4% of Canada’s GDP and is a $93 billion industry. Estimates project that the second quarter of the year could see food service sales down almost $20 billion.
However, the good news is that measures are being put in place to protect businesses and slow down the drastic effects to the industry. Restaurants Canada Vice President David Lefebvre stated “We are encouraged by relief measures introduced so far that have shown the concerns of food service are being heard.” The hope is that changes will continue to be made promptly in order to save the industry during these difficult times.