Fight Back on TSN and SportsNet Fees Update

Thank you for supporting our campaign!

Restaurants Canada has been actively engaged in discussions with the two principle cable companies to mitigate the price increases for Sportsnet and TSN to take effect May 1, 2017. This price increase only affects licensed establishments at this time.

We have good news to share with you regarding the offers  and opportunities we have achieved to date, and how these benefit Restaurants Canada members:

Viewing vs. Seating Capacity (Occupancy Rates)

Sportsnet and TSN have both agreed to modify their original positions. Pricing will now be adjusted based on viewing seating capacity, not overall seating capacity – excluding rooms or defined areas where there is no TV or the TV is not viewable.


For any business that has signed up for Sportsnet / TSN on a one-year contract, you will have the option of paying for the services on a month-by-month basis.

Existing Rogers customers also have the option to move to the Basic TV cable package for $23.99/ month on a 2-year term, as opposed to the Business VIP package.


Rogers is offering Restaurants Canada members special pricing on Sportsnet and/or TSN channels.  To access this pricing, you will simply need to provide your Restaurants Canada membership number. Should you need to confirm that information, please contact Restaurants Canada Member Services at 1-800-387-5649 or prior to contacting Premium Sports for more information on the offer.

For any questions related to the items above, we encourage you to reach out to Premium Sports, a third-party agency working with Rogers to manage these changes. Premium Sports will work with you to determine accurate viewing capacity and address other questions or concerns you may have. Premium Sports can be reached at 1-866-711-7888.


Bell is extending flexible pricing that requires only a one-month commitment – allowing you to offer sports channels only in the months you choose.

In addition, Restaurants Canada members who sign up for a Bell TSN/Sportsnet package before May 1 can receive a full refund for such sports packages for the month of May if they cancel by May 30, 2017.

For more information, contact your Bell business representative.

Restaurants Canada Membership Information

In view of the May 1, 2017 deadline, Restaurants Canada staff will be on hand to respond to inquiries during regular business hours (EDT), as well as on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30. We can be reached by telephone at 1-800-387-5649 or email

We achieved these changes because YOU took the time to speak out and share your views. Restaurants Canada is proud to work on your behalf and will continue to provide you with updates on the issue.

For more information or to discuss this issue further, feel free to contact me at or at 1-800-387-5649 ext. 4241.


James Rilett

Vice President, Government Affairs

1155 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON  M6J 1J4

T:  416-649-4241 toll free 1-800-387-5649  |