EDMONTON, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Restaurateurs in Alberta are applauding
the provincial government's budget commitment to reject introducing a
new sales tax or raising taxes. Alberta's low tax environment and lack
of provincial sales tax is one of the most important reasons why
Alberta continues to lead the country in economic growth and consumer
It is encouraging that Alberta's 3.7 per cent increase in consumer
spending once again leads the country. The restaurant industry is
dependent on consumer spending for its success, and it is a key reason
why Alberta's $9-billion restaurant industry continues to grow and
create jobs in every community in the province. Introducing a sales tax
would reduce consumer spending and jeopardize Alberta's economic
"With all the recent debate about introducing a sales tax in Alberta,
the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association is pleased that
the government once again emphatically rejected the possibility of
introducing a provincial sales tax in the budget," said Mark von
Schellwitz, CRFA's Vice President, Western Canada.
"Every time governments introduce or increase consumption taxes, the
restaurant industry and its employees suffer -- especially when food
purchased at grocery stores is exempt but food sold in restaurants is
taxed," added von Schellwitz. That was certainly the case in 1991 when
GST was introduced in Canada and more recently in 2010 when HST was
implemented in British Columbia.
Alberta's restaurant industry generates $9 billion annually in economic
activity, serves 2.5 million Albertans every day and directly employs
more than 130,000 people in every community across the province. That's
6.1% of the provincial workforce.
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. Canada's restaurant industry generates
$65 billion annually in economic activity and employs more than one
million people in communities across the country.
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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