VICTORIA, British Columbia, Sept. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the third time since 2015, Restaurants Canada has taken stock of liquor policies impacting foodservice and hospitality businesses from coast to coast in its biennial Raise the Bar report.
Once again, British Columbia has received a C. The report outlines the reasons for this grade and provides a path forward for the province to improve its standing.
"British Columbia has a good chance of improving its ranking if the province acts on recommendations that it has sought out from industry stakeholders over the past two years," said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada. "But plans to phase out the liquor server wage in 2021 could end up making operational realities more difficult for bars and restaurants in the future."
Full 2019 Raise the Bar report card rankings:
|B-||Prince Edward Island|
|D-||Newfoundland & Labrador|
Labour pains could be a buzz kill
While hopes are high that the B.C. government will follow through with recommended improvements to the province's liquor system, bar and restaurant operators are now facing another challenge all together: Plans to phase out the liquor server wage by 2021 threaten to undercut their ability to allocate sufficient resources towards non-gratuity earning kitchen staff, who are typically harder to attract and retain. Reversing this decision would provide more flexibility for licensed establishments who are already struggling to compete for back-of-house employees amid rising labour shortages.
Compared to two years ago, licensed foodservice operators in British Columbia say liquor policies are:
How can British Columbia raise the bar for licensed establishments?
About Raise the Bar
Raise the Bar is a report produced every two years by Restaurants Canada evaluating the impact of liquor policies on bars and restaurants across the country.
Provincial policies evaluated for the 2019 Raise the Bar report were reviewed within the following four major categories and, after analysis and weighting, each province was given an overall letter grade:
All survey results featured in the 2019 Raise the Bar report were compiled from more than 700 responses to an online questionnaire that was emailed to foodservice operators across Canada between June 12 and Aug. 26, 2019.
About Restaurants Canada
Restaurants Canada is a national, not-for-profit association advancing the potential of Canada's diverse and dynamic foodservice industry through member programs, research, advocacy, resources and events. Canada's foodservice sector is an $89 billion industry that directly employs 1.2 million workers, is Canada's number one source of first jobs and serves 22 million customers across the country every day.