Issue 18-37: Food Services & Drinking Places

February 21, 2018

Revenues generated in British Columbia’s food service and drinking places industry went up by 1.0% (seasonally adjusted) in December. Among industry sub‑types, the largest increases were observed in drinking places and full-service restaurants.

Nationally, sales in food services and drinking places increased by 0.8% in December compared to November. Both limited-service (+0.5%) and full-service (+1.7%) restaurants saw increases in the month.

Sales advanced in seven provinces in December, with the largest increase in Alberta (+2.9%). Declines occurred in Nova Scotia (‑0.7%), Manitoba (‑0.4 %) and Quebec (‑0.1%).

Annual Summary 2017

Receipts from food services and drinking places in British Columbia went up by 7.7% in 2017 compared to the prior year, to reach $11.3 billion. The increase was concentrated in limited-serving eating places (+10.4%) and full-service restaurants (+6.7%) although all subindustries saw higher sales for the year.

Nationally, sales from food services and drinking places went up by 5.3% in 2017 to reach $68.4 billion. The gain was widespread with all subsectors, and all but one province reporting gains for the year. British Columbia saw the largest percentage increase in sales among provinces (+7.7%) followed by Quebec (+6.9%). Saskatchewan (‑0.6%) was the only jurisdiction that saw a decrease in receipts for 2017.

Data Source: Statistics Canada