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Quebec budget good for restaurant industry: Restaurants Canada


March 30, 2015
By Canadian Pizza

March 30, 2015, Quebec City – The Quebec government has taken
action on longstanding concerns about red tape, bottle stamping and
tax credits for tips, said Restaurants Canada in a news release.

March 30, 2015, Quebec City – The Quebec government has taken
action on longstanding concerns about red tape, bottle stamping and
tax credits for tips, said Restaurants Canada in a news release.

The March 26 budget, which promises to review alcohol legislation, will ease the administrative burden on restaurants by simplifying the alcohol permit system for restaurants and bars and finding different ways to settle infractions on bottle stamping, the organization said in the release.

“We’ve been after governments for decades to reduce the red tape
associated with alcohol permits, and this government is doing something
meaningful to help our industry,” said Jean Lefebvre, Restaurants
Canada’s Quebec vice-president. “We’ve always argued for a better
alcohol system, and we’re pleased the government understands just how
cumbersome the current system is.”

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Restaurants Canada also commends the government for rejecting the fiscal
commission’s recommendation to cut the tax credit on tips declared.

“We opposed the Godbout report, as it’s not fair to tax restaurateurs
for employee tips – a revenue pool employers can’t access or control,” Lefebvre said. “Our members already face intense cost pressures.
Retaining this credit will help them keep their doors open and hire more
Quebecers.”

Quebec’s restaurants directly employ more than 280,000 people. The
restaurant industry is the number 1 source of first-time jobs, and it
employs one in five youth in the province. It also supports local
businesses: more than 60 per cent of the products it purchases are from
Quebec.