About Us

Restaurants Canada is a national, not-for-profit association representing Canada’s diverse and dynamic restaurant and foodservice industry. With more than one million employees; 80,000 locations; and 18 million customers a day, the restaurant industry is the number one source of first jobs for young people. We help build neighbourhoods, drive tourism, and fuel Canada’s agri-food production.

Restaurants Canada members comprise 30,000 businesses in every segment of the industry, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and their suppliers. We work on their behalf with all levels of government in support of a strong restaurant industry that contributes jobs, investment, and a wide range of culinary choices to communities across the country.

Restaurants Canada is at the forefront of critical issues such as food safety, nutrition information and allergy awareness, through specialized training programs, information and resources. We also offer a suite of industry research, information, events, programs and discounts that keep our members informed and competitive.

Founded in 1944, we were first known as the Canadian Restaurant Association, then the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. We celebrated our 70th anniversary by unveiling a new logo, name and tagline: Restaurants Canada, The voice of foodservice.

Our head office is in Toronto, and we have regional offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax.

VISION: The most valued partner of the restaurant and foodservice industry

MISSION: Uniting our members to advance the full potential of Canada’s foodservice industry


Leadership: we inspire people to make a difference

Innovation: we always look for improvement and efficiency

Integrity: we demonstrate our values by our behaviour

Teamwork: we work with our members to build a strong and committed team

Entrepreneurial Spirit:
 we are agile and take intelligent risks for our members and the association


Restaurants Canada is the owner of Groupex, a group buying program for independent restaurant operators. Proceeds from Groupex support our work on behalf of Canada’s restaurant industry.