Inspired Restaurant Press Release

Jan 24, 2019 bcrfauser01


The BCRFA successfully concludes important pilot of Inspired Restaurants

Restaurants across British Columbia participate in a program to help combat the labour shortage

Vancouver, BC (January 24, 2019) – The British Columbia Restaurant and Food Services Association has concluded the pilot program Inspired Restaurants. This program was developed to aid independent restaurants across BC in navigating the challenges presented by the severe labour shortage. Participants were provided with tools and information related to licensing, business operations and human resource practices to bolster their business and help them recruit, train and retain employees.

In a move that has been heralded as a first in the hospitality industry anywhere in Canada, in partnership with benefit provider Morneau Sheppell, participants were offered reasonably priced extended benefit packages for full and part time workers.

The pilot was a major success, with the majority of participants reporting improvements in their human resource management and recruiting and in their overall operating procedures.

The BCRFA plans to extend the program to a wider group of restaurants in a phase two launch in 2019, as a program like this is vital in setting a standard of excellence within the industry.

“Careers in the restaurant industry are rewarding and helping communities to thrive. We are taking action by supporting the industry to address recruitment and retention challenges,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “By investing in tools employers need to understand and respond to the changing labour market like the B.C Labour Market Outlook and the Inspired Restaurants program, we are driving support to develop programs that put people first.”

“This training program will benefit restaurant operators who are experiencing difficulty attracting and keeping employees, operators new to the industry, people who want to manage restaurants and any one who wants a refresher in making their restaurant successful,” adds Ian Tostenson, CEO of the BCRFA.

The BCRFA is immensely grateful to the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement and the Government of BC for the ongoing support and assistance given to this project.

For more information, visit: www.bcrfa.com or contact Ian Tostenson at 604.669.2239