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Restaurant industry sales in Canada 2010-2017

This statistic shows the sales of the restaurant industry in Canada from 2010 to 2017. In 2017, sales of the Canadian restaurant industry amounted to approximately 85 billion Canadian dollars, up from 68.4 billion the previous year.

Canadian restaurant industry sales - Additional Information

Restaurant sales in Canada have grown over the past five years from 61 billion Canadian dollars in 2010 to 85 billion Canadian dollars in 2017. That accumulates to an increase of approximately 24 billion Canadian dollars in the Canadian restaurant industry. As restaurant industry sales have grown in Canada over this period, so have the number of employees in the Canadian restaurant industry. From 2010 to 2017, the number of employees in the restaurant industry have increased from 1.13 million employees in 2010 to 1.2 million employees in 2017.

Restaurant industry sales can be measured in various ways, such as average sales per seat or average sales per square foot. In 2014, quick service restaurants were the most lucrative when measuring sales per seat, with average sales of 12,603 Canadian dollars per seat. Fine dining restaurants ranked second, earning an average of 12,373 Canadian dollars per seat. In 2014 however when looking at sales per square foot, family restaurants had the highest average sales in the Canadian restaurant industry, averaging sales of 1,046 Canadian dollars per square foot, compared to QSR restaurants with an average of 912 Canadian dollars per square foot.

Although quick service restaurants averaged fewer sales per square foot than family restaurants, it is a large market sector in terms of number of restaurants. As of January 2015, Canada had the most Starbucks stores per million people in the world with over 41 Starbucks stores per million people. In the same year, Canada also had the most Subway stores per million people and the second most McDonald’s restaurants per million people with 88.9 stores and 40.6 restaurants and per million people, respectively.

Restaurant industry sales in Canada from 2010 to 2017

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Release date

June 2018



Survey time period

2010 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Data prior to 2017 came from earlier reports. No figure was available for 2015.

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