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Commercial Food Service: The Calm after the Storm?

May 11, 2022
Joëlle Noreau
Senior Economist

The pandemic crippled the commercial food service sector (box), which was already struggling with labour shortages and other challenges. Some owners hung up their aprons, others diversified their offering and many went into debt. It’s been a tough two years to say the least. But changes on the horizon could make life easier for restaurant owners over the next few months. Quebec’s workforce is growing, workers are returning to offices and downtowns, inflation is expected to ease, Canada has reopened to foreign tourists, international conferences are back and employers can now recruit more workers from abroad. But it’ll take time for the sector to return to its pre-pandemic form.

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