OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's restaurant industry grew by 28,000
jobs in 2011, making it the country's third-largest job creator. This
jump in employment is an annual increase of 2.6% - the strongest growth
since 2007 - and brings the total number of restaurant industry jobs to
more than 1.1 million.
"Restaurants are a people business, and our industry provides excellent
job opportunities at all levels, from teenagers looking for that
all-important first job, to highly skilled chefs, to senior
executives," says Garth Whyte, President and CEO of the Canadian
Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA). "Consumers are spending
more and the number of restaurants is growing. This increase in
employment proves that our industry has an important role to play in
the Canadian economy."
This is the message CRFA is delivering today in a meeting with Bank of
Canada Governor Mark Carney. In addition, CRFA will discuss the most
recent results of its quarterly Restaurant Outlook Survey which
measures business performance and confidence in the restaurant
The restaurant industry:
now employs more than 1.1 million Canadians or 6.5% of the country's
employs more than 480,000 young people under the age of 25, accounting
for one in five youth jobs;
is the fourth-largest private sector employer in the country;
employs more people than finance and insurance, agriculture, and
forestry and logging combined;
created one in 15 new jobs over the past decade.
A 2010 Ipsos poll found that 22% of Canadians were first employed by the
restaurant industry, making it the number one source of first jobs, and
80% of Canadians recognize restaurants as a vital source of employment.
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 $63-billion foodservice
industry employs more than one million people in communities across the
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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