OTTAWA, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Budget 2013 addresses the tax burden,
labour shortages and red tape, which are three key concerns of
The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA)
congratulates the government for appropriately focusing fiscal evasion
measures on the "underground" economy instead of the "above-ground"
economy. Following Quebec's lead to implement sales recording modules
or "black boxes" on cash registers would have created a significant
cost and administrative burden for restaurants and retailers.
"CRFA is pleased that legislation and enforcement activities will target
the producers and installers of sales distorting software instead of
Canada's 81,000 restaurants, the vast majority of which pay their taxes
and operate in full transparency," said Garth Whyte, CRFA President and
The restaurant industry also faces unprecedented labour shortages from
low- to highly-skilled jobs in many parts of the country. CRFA welcomes
action to bring more accountability to skills training programs and to
help employers recruit and train Canadians that are under-represented
in the labour force.
However, CRFA is concerned about measures that will make the temporary
foreign worker (TFW) program more costly, cumbersome and difficult to
access. The TFW program is already expensive and administratively
complex, and is a last resort for employers who would prefer to hire
Canadians and permanent residents.
"We do not want to return to the days when businesses were forced to cut
hours, shut down parts of their restaurant or close their doors because
of a lack of employees," said Whyte.
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 1.1
million people in communities across the country.
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, Communications Specialist, 416-649-4254/1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254, firstname.lastname@example.org.