Sales in restaurants and bars have decreased

Les ventes dans la restauration et les bars ont diminué

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The numbers of the week : -56,4%

This is the percentage of decrease of sales in the sector of restaurants and bars in Quebec in may, compared to the same period last year, according to Statistics Canada.

The pandemic of COVID-19 has resulted in many closures, temporary and permanent shops and the restaurants and bars has been particularly affected.

In Canada as a whole, the decline is a little less severe here than in Quebec, nearly 50 %, because some of the bars and restaurants were able to start to operate in may in other provinces.

In Quebec, the restaurants were able to continue the orders for take-out and delivery during the pandemic, but the reopening of the dining rooms is made only from mid-June. The bars, themselves, have had to wait at the end of June.

It will have to wait a little before to know the effect of the reopening on this sector of the economy.

The numbers of the week : 6.75 M$

This is the sum allocated to this day in Quebec to cover the costs of quarantine for temporary foreign workers who arrive in the province.

Any person who travels to Canada must be isolated for 14 days due to the pandemic of sars coronavirus. To assist employers, the federal government has put in place an aid program of$ 50 Million, which will reimburse the costs associated with this mandatory quarantine, such as accommodation and transport.

An amount of up to $ 1500 may be paid by the foreign worker for working in the sectors of agriculture, fishing or the processing and production of food.

The amounts paid as of the date of 17 July in the framework of this programme amounted to 19,62 M$ in the country, according to data from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. Ontario consumes nearly half of this amount (8,22$ M), followed by Quebec.

There were more than 14 600 farm workers foreigners in the province in 2018, according to Statistics Canada.

– Sarah Daoust-Braun

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