Boston Pizza provides hot meals and assistance in Fort McMurray wildfire relief efforts

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 5, 2016 /CNW/ - Boston Pizza restaurants across Canada have launched relief efforts to assist first responders, volunteers and all those affected by the wildfires in Fort McMurray. The company has been actively working with the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services and the Government of Alberta's Emergency Operations Centre to determine the most impactful way to support those affected by the tragedy.

On behalf of Boston Pizza franchisees, employees and suppliers, the company will issue more than $400,000 worth of food vouchers redeemable at all Boston Pizza restaurants in Alberta. The individual and family meal and drink vouchers will be distributed across the evacuation centres in Edmonton and surrounding areas and will give families and communities a chance to come together at Boston Pizza restaurants during such a difficult time.

Through Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects, donations will be collected at all Boston Pizza restaurants across Canada, with the Foundation matching proceeds up to $25,000. The funds will go towards the relief and rebuild efforts in Fort McMurray.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our Boston Pizza franchisees, employees and all the residents affected by the fires in Northern Alberta," said Mark Pacinda, President and CEO, Boston Pizza International. "In true Boston Pizza spirit, we have had an outpouring of interest from our franchisee and supplier community wanting to help those affected by this natural disaster."

About Boston Pizza
Boston Pizza International Inc. is Canada's No. 1 casual dining brand with more than 370 restaurants in Canada and more than $1 billion in sales. Annually, Boston Pizza serves more than 40 million guests. The company has been recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. Boston Pizza believes that strong role models inspire kids to be great, and in 2014, the Boston Pizza Foundation created Future Prospects to help support organizations that mentor kids to reach their full potential. Boston Pizza International Inc. is located in Richmond, B.C., and has regional offices in Mississauga, Ontario and Laval, Quebec. For more information, visit

About Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects
Since its inception in 1990, the Boston Pizza Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to support a brighter future for kids and their families. Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects was formed in 2014 to ensure all kids are provided with the guidance and inspiration they need to reach their full potential.

SOURCE Boston Pizza International

For further information: Alexandra Cygal, Senior Director of Communications, Boston Pizza International, 905-848-2700 - office, 416-471-7475 - cell,

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