(Mar. 22/12) The Quebec government has followed through on its commitment to CRFA to make much-needed changes to the liquor permit system. The changes will mean less red tape for your business and better service for your customers.
The March 20 Quebec budget contained changes to the Act Respecting Liquor Permits which will result in:
Having to apply for up to six permits for a single restaurant has been a long-time irritant to Quebec licensees. As a result, CRFA has pushed government to modernize the system. Over the past year, we:
Although the Quebec budget didn’t include new taxes – a relief for restaurateurs still stinging from the increases in provincial sales taxes and payroll taxes (QPP) – tax relief was disappointingly absent.
In the labour-intensive restaurant industry, 30 cents of every dollar in sales goes toward payroll costs. Additionally, Quebec employers pay significantly higher payroll taxes than any other jurisdiction in Canada.
The budget includes a tax credit for hiring experienced workers over the age of 65, but not for employers providing first-job experience. If government intends to promote employment growth and economic prosperity, it must take further steps to reduce profit-insensitive, job-killing payroll taxes that hurt a restaurant’s ability to retain and create jobs.