The pandemic COVID-19 is still evident in many countries and many parts of the country Canada. This is also evident in the hospitality sector & food industry. An industry which saw a shut down and lock down of restaurant & hotel industry in Canada. Although, the food industry these days is not dependent just on the restaurant, but also takeaway sector as well. Which is another sub-category of the food industry business in Canada. The business was more relying on deliveries and takeaways rather than people coming in the restaurant and dining-in. Hence, while enjoying the ambience and comforts of the restaurant industry in Canada. The sector needs a fast rebirth and recovery. Especially, for the sake of people coming back to restaurants like normally before the pandemic.
It’s a scenario that was seen globally as since the start of the pandemic something was made a necessity and that is following strict SOPs i.e. standards operating procedures. These are consistent health & safety procedures according to the guidelines that have considerably helped Canada towards rebirth & recovery. Especially, from the dark setbacks of COVID-19. In fact, according to the numbers and stats it’s the hardest hit industry, that is now more ready to transition from survival to revival. As they say, it’s the survival of the fittest. Therefore, we are rest assured that food and restaurant industry in Canada has maintained strict standards to make a fast recovery or a comeback. It’s indeed a good news that Canada is in the transition phase after all the setbacks. Also, that the phase although was slow but was highly effective. The opening-up process took place at the end of 2021. However, with strict precautionary measures and safety instructions by Health Canada and WHO. These are two global and national level organisations that have worked together for the sake of safety of the Canadian people.
CUSTOMERS ARE MORE READY TO RETURN TO IN-PERSON DINING:
The customers in Canada who always loved to visit the restaurant before the pandemic are craving the opportunity to return to table-service restaurants. Also, to experience in-person dining to experience again the moments and the memories. These are the memories that they enjoyed Pre-pandemic. A huge 92% of the customers from different ethnic backgrounds said that restaurants are a huge part of their social life. Furthermore, a massive part of their communities. As an example, a regular restaurant customer from the Asian community emphasised the role of restaurant in their community upbringing and promoting social values in Canada. Naturally, as Canada is a huge country and there are people in Canada from many different backgrounds. Hence, it needs a rebirth & recovery that is more demanding than ever it was.
There are people who have shared their views and said that takeout and delivery will continue to be offered by restaurants. Especially, for those that had to pivot quickly to offer the service during the pandemic in order to meet new demands. Trends in the restaurant industry have also shown that the delivery rates will stay the same post-pandemic. Hence, as during the pandemic for the sake of meeting new demands. As a matter of fact and demographic-based market research the differences in delivery can be seen across the age groups.
The survey showed that almost 52% of people between the ranges of ages from 18-34 year old will order the delivery less post-pandemic. Primarily, as compared to during the pandemic. Hence, this age group is the most eager age groups that want to return to in-person dining. Thus, the restaurant industry is more focused towards the youth. That is, the people around 18-34 who intend to get back to normal dining standards and procedures as soon as possible.
RESTAURANT INDUSTRY IS A SOURCE OF EMPLOYMENT FOR MANY PEOPLE:
A huge percentage of Canadians, i.e. 95% believe that restaurant industry needs a rebirth. Furthermore, should get back to normal soon as they are a massive source of employment for many Canadians. These includes chefs, bar-tenders, waiters, cooks & assistant chefs. Also, includes managers, and other crew members from the restaurant industry. These are people who survive on daily wages on the restaurant business in Canada. It is especially a huge survival industry for people coming to Canada for studies and as immigrants. Hence, while working part-time in restaurants and take-away. Naturally, they are dependent on jobs in the industry not only for their daily survival and bills. But, also for paying university fees and maintaining their day-to-day life. Extensively, in a rich & expensive country like Canada.
It is also a fact that the Pandemic has dented the Canadian economy very badly as well as the food industry & tourism values. The Canada’s tourism revenues that also have a dependability on restaurant industry are projected not to return to their pre-pandemic levels until 2025. Surprisingly, the food-service spending by the Int. tourists dropped a massive 93% from April to December 2020. At the same time, and in the same period the domestic tourists spending dropped to 35%. The reasons for both declines is clearly the pandemic. A disease which is indeed the cause of many declines in restaurant industry and tourism sector. Both the sectors have international as well as domestic dependencies that change every year. Hence, according to the people coming to Canada for Int. Tourism. Considering all these things a rebirth process shall indeed be a huge boost in all the interlinked industries in Canada.