HALIFAX, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Frustration around red tape, commercial
taxes and City Hall's lack of understanding about small business is
running high among Halifax's restaurant community as election day
According to a new survey by the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association (CRFA) of Halifax Regional Municipality restaurant owners,
nine out of 10 respondents say reducing red tape and commercial tax
rates and assessments are important to their business - making them the
top election issues for the city's restaurant community.
Fewer than two in 10 respondents believe City Hall understands the
contribution of the restaurant industry to the city's economy, culture
and vibrancy. Eight in 10 say they do not receive value for their
"We heard from restaurant owners who have invested their life savings
into opening a new business in HRM, only to be abandoned by City Hall,"
says CRFA Vice-President Atlantic Luc Erjavec. "Our local government is
working against restaurant owners, instead of creating conditions for
success. This is a wake-up call. If you want a vibrant city, you need a
vibrant restaurant sector."
The survey also shows 32 per cent of respondents scaled back on
expansion plans and 31 per cent scaled back on renovations, due to a
combination of the economy and bureaucratic red tape - translating into
the loss of thousands of potential jobs in HRM.
Survey respondents expressed frustration on several fronts, including:
the time-consuming process to obtain operating licences and building
lack of leadership at City Hall; and
the condition of streetscapes, and general cleanliness and appearance of
"Our message to candidates in this municipal election is to treat the
restaurant industry as a partner in HRM's success," says Erjavec. "Work
with us, not against us."
Click here for more survey results.
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. Nova Scotia's 2,000 restaurants,
caterers and bars generate $1.6 billion in annual revenue, and employ
nearly 30,000 people.
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
For further information:
Luc Erjavec, 902-209-0804 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, 1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254 or email@example.com.