Restaurant industry welcomes move to cut red tape

Red tape the number one issue in CRFA election survey

TORONTO, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - The red tape reduction commission announced today by Prime Minister Harper is welcome news to the thousands of small business people who operate Canada's 80,000 restaurants, says the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA). 

During the recent Toronto election, a CRFA survey showed that cutting red tape and bureaucracy is the number one issue for restaurant owners, with 90 per cent saying it was important or very important to their business. 

"Canada's restaurant industry applauds Prime Minister Harper and Minister Moore for taking steps to remove a major hurdle for those who own and operate small businesses -- including the restaurants, coffee shops and pubs that create vibrant communities and job opportunities across the country," says CRFA President and CEO Garth Whyte, who attended today's announcement. 

A recent Ipsos poll found that restaurants are the number one source of first jobs, with 22 per cent of Canadians getting their start in the industry, and that 32 per cent of Canadians have worked in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives.

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 country.

SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association

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