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Newfoundland and Labrador earns C-plus grade on pandemic liquor policy report card


ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND, July 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The grades are in: For the fourth time since 2015, Restaurants Canada has given each province a report card on how industry-friendly their liquor policy landscape is for bars and restaurants.

In this year's Raise the Bar report, Newfoundland and Labrador's grade rose from a D-minus to a C-plus. This was mainly due to bars and restaurants now getting a 5% discount on wines, spirits and ready-to-drink beverages at government-run liquor stores.

"The introduction of discounted liquor pricing has provided a much-appreciated lifeline for bars and restaurants in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis," said Richard Alexander, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Atlantic Canada. "Increasing these discounts and including beer and cider would go a long way to help licensed establishments successfully transition from survival to revival."

Here's how Newfoundland and Labrador's performance record on Restaurants Canada's Raise the Bar report compares with the rest of the provinces:

  GRADES
PROVINCE 2015 2017 2019 2022
British Columbia C+ C C B
Alberta B+ B B B+
Saskatchewan D+ C- C- C-
Manitoba C C C C
Ontario D+ D+ C- C+
Quebec C+ B- B- C
New Brunswick C- D D- B-
Nova Scotia C+ B- B- B
Prince Edward Island B- B- B- C+
Newfoundland & Labrador F D- D- C+

How can Newfoundland and Labrador raise the bar?

Restaurants Canada is continuing to work with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to improve the liquor policy landscape for bars and restaurants. Here's how the province can increase its grade by the next Raise the Bar report

Visit restaurantscanada.org/resources/raise-the-bar-2022 to download the full report and join in the online conversation with the hashtag #RaiseTheBar2022.

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. Before the COVID-19 crisis, Newfoundland and Labrador's $1.1 billion restaurant industry was the province's third-largest source of private sector jobs, typically employing nearly 17,000 people. Newfoundland and Labrador's bars and restaurants are still struggling to rebound from at least $270 million in lost revenue and recover thousands of jobs in the wake of the pandemic.

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