FREDERICTON, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - In today's budget consultations with
business leaders, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
(CRFA) told Finance Minister Blaine Higgs that government is on the
right path to creating an environment for small businesses in New
Brunswick to grow and prosper.
Government has made commitments to rein in spending, reject an increase
in the HST and grow the economy. Restaurant operators believe these
measures, along with the government's suggestions to introduce minimum
wage differentials and privatize Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL), could raise
additional revenue and spur growth throughout the small business
"Small businesses, in particular restaurant and other foodservice
businesses, are the key to economic growth in every single community,"
says Luc Erjavec, Vice-President Atlantic Canada. "A vibrant restaurant
industry plays a central role in the social and economic fabric of
communities across the province. Given the opportunity, we will grow
our businesses, creating more jobs for New Brunswickers, expanding
markets for the province's products and services and generating revenue
for government. It's a win-win situation for all."
As one of New Brunswick's largest private-sector employers, the
restaurant industry encompasses more than 24,000 direct employees and
over 1,600 commercial establishments. According to a recent Ipsos poll
for Kraft Foodservice Canada and CRFA, 22 per cent of Canadians were
first employed by the restaurant industry.
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 $60-billion foodservice
industry employs more than one million people in communities across the
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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