CRFA is the go-to resource for research and insights about Canada’s restaurant industry. We offer reports and tools to help our members benchmark their business results and stay on top of the latest trends. Be sure to visit, our go-to website for tips and tools to help you grow your business.


CRFA Research Reports


Restaurant Outlook Survey
Learn how restaurateurs feel about sales and employment in the coming months, as well as what challenges are they facing. This quarterly survey, based on member responses, provides a new, forward-looking perspective on business conditions for our industry.

Note: The topline report is a free download, but detailed results (featuring tables by month, segment, and chains and independents) are available to participants only. Email us to join our survey panel.


These comprehensive reports update you on the state of the foodservice industry – including sales, unit growth, bankruptcies and key economic indicators.

Free for CRFA members! Email us for your copy.


Foodservice Operations Report
Find out how you measure up with detailed financial data on sales, cost of sales, operating expenses and other important performance measures with results presented by type of restaurant and by province.

Free for CRFA members! Email us for your copy.
  Canadian Chef Survey
Canada’s professional chefs reveal what menu items and cooking methods are hot in restaurant kitchens.

Foodservice Facts
Find out the latest foodservice statistics, trends and forecasts, and get a detailed analysis of how they will affect you in this annual, full-colour magazine.

See our Foodservice Facts video.

Free for CRFA members! Email us for your copy.
Not a CRFA member? Join now or purchase your copy.

Restaurant Industry Forecast
Featuring 40+ charts and tables, this five-year forecast of industry performance by segment and province is a ‘must have’ for operators planning for future growth.

See our Restaurant Industry Forecast video.

Free for CRFA members! Email us for your copy.
  Menu Trends
Get the latest scoop on research and trends from Technomic and The NPD Group.
  From the Desk of Chris Elliott
CRFA’s Senior Economist Chris Elliott gives his take on what’s happening in the restaurant industry – from the economy to employment and sales to food costs.


Special Reports

Infographic: Canada’s Restaurant Industry (PDF)
Infographique: Le secteur canadien de la restauration (PDF)
  Infographic: Alberta’s Restaurant Industry (PDF)
Infographic: British Columbia’s Restaurant Industry (PDF)
Infographic: Manitoba’s Restaurant Industry (PDF)
Infographic: Newfoundland's Restaurant Industry (PDF)
Infographic: New Brunswick’s Restaurant Industry (PDF)
Infographic: New Brunswick’s Restaurant Industry (PDF)
Infographic: Nova Scotia's Restaurant Industry (PDF)
Infographic: Ontario's Restaurant Industry (PDF)
Infographic: PEI's Restaurant Industry (PDF)

Infographic: Quebec’s Restaurant Industry (PDF)
Infographic: Saskatchewan’s Restaurant Industry (PDF)
  Canada’s Restaurant Industry: Jobs and Economic Growth (PDF)
  CRFA’s Survey on Restaurant Charitable Contributions
Infographic: What nutrition information do Canadian diners want? (PDF)


Business Tools

Restaurant Business Kit
Newly Updated!
Member: $89.95, Non-member: $99.95

A comprehensive kit designed to meet the needs of potential restaurant owners in Canada, covering a variety of helpful topics.

Canadian Restaurant Accounting
(Second Edition)

Newly Updated!
Member: $32.95, Non-member: $39.95

A handbook on standard accounting practices and internal controls for the foodservice industry.

Foodservice Buyers Guide
Member: Free, Non-member: $100.00

This convenient directory puts you in touch with hundreds of suppliers to the hospitality industry.

2013 Institutional Foodservice
Market Report

Feb. 2013

Up-to-date information on foodservice sales trends and market share in institutional settings, including health care, military, transportation, education, corrections, employee and remote foodservice.

2013 Foodservice Facts
June 2013 - $35.00

An annual, full-colour magazine presenting the latest foodservice statistics, trends and forecasts, along with a detailed analysis of how they will affect foodservice operators.

2013 Foodservice Facts in Powerpoint
Basic: $130.00 / Deluxe: $250.00

Add some pizzazz to your presentations with nearly 40 full-colour graphs and charts from Foodservice Facts available in PowerPoint format.



I am a Restaurant

The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association proudly presents: I am a Restaurant. This new film tells the story of our industry and the many ways in which restaurants nourish communities across Canada.

Video: I am a Restaurant from CRFA on YouTube.



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