August 06, 2015
Before you can open up your new restaurant in BC, there are a few things you need to do and know about. The BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association, in partnership with the Province of BC, have created a website www.gov.bc.ca/startingarestaraunt and manual to make it easier to find government regulations that apply to the food service industry in BC. All information is current as of February 2015.
Here is a check list of things you need to...
July 13, 2015
From working with restaurants to catering, working with and serving the public brings many risks, including lawsuits. Spanning liquor liability to slips and falls and food poisoning, accidents can happen every day, no matter how well-prepared business owners are. Here are some tips on how you can reduce your restaurants risks:
The best way to avoid potential accidents is to be aware. Owners and management should create/maintain...
June 24, 2015
With the incredible weather we’ve been having here in Vancouver over the past few weeks, the summer patio season is now in full swing! Starting from April and ending in October, restaurant owners can now apply for extended patio hours.
As a part of Vancouver’s extended patio pilot project, 72 restaurants are now staying open until as late as 1:00AM. Currently, there are 314 active large patios and 260 active small patios that are...
May 11, 2015
All restaurant business that using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) should be aware of all the new changes in effect as of April 30th, 2015.
New cap definition:Employment and Social Development Canada has announced that the new cap will be measured by head count instead of hours. The new cap TFW’s allowed in a work location will be:
30% as of June 20th, 2015
20% as of July 1st, 2015
10% as of July 1st, 2016
Median wages go up:...
April 20, 2015
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is changing how it issues warning letters for a potential recall. Companies will now have to approve a draft recall notice before it is decided whether the recall or public warning is required. This change aims to speed up consumer notification.
Effective immediately as of February 2015:
Under certain circumstances, the CFIA will share a draft public warning with the implicated company before the FCIA...
March 24, 2015
For decades restaurants have been fighting for the right to purchase their wine, beer and spirits at a discounted price from B.C. government liquor stores, but as of April 1st their efforts will have gone to waste.
As of April 1st, 2015 B.C. liquor laws will change their pricing model when it comes to wholesalers and retailers. The current system creates a set price for a bottle of wine, and then reduces it by different percentages for various...