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Food services and drinking places, December 2022

Released: 2023-02-22

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$7.3 billion

December 2022

1.0% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$82.5 million

December 2022

3.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — P.E.I.

$34.0 million

December 2022

2.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$172.5 million

December 2022

0.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$119.7 million

December 2022

0.9% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,465.8 million

December 2022

1.0% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,869.0 million

December 2022

1.2% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$204.5 million

December 2022

0.1% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$190.6 million

December 2022

0.9% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$910.2 million

December 2022

1.5% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$1,274.5 million

December 2022

0.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$7.7 million

December 2022

1.8% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.W.T.

$6.6 million

December 2022

1.8% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

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December 2022

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On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales in the food service and drinking places subsector increased 1.0% to $7.3 billion in December 2022. Sales increased at limited-service eating places (+2.0%), drinking places (+2.3%) and special food services (+0.8%). Sales at full-service restaurants remained unchanged (+0.0%).

All 10 provinces reported higher sales with the largest increases in dollar terms being in Ontario (+1.2%), Quebec (+1.0%) and Alberta (+1.5%). Newfoundland and Labrador (+3.1%) and Prince Edward Island (+2.1%) had the highest increase in percentage terms.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Sales in food services and drinking places
Sales in food services and drinking places

Further information is available in the "Food Services and Drinking Places Sales" dashboard, where users can consult data on sales in food services and drinking places for Canada and by province and territory. This application allows users to compare provincial and territorial data through interactive maps and charts.

Year-over-year sales in the food services and drinking places subsector up, surpassing pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels

The figures in this section are based on seasonally unadjusted estimates.

Unadjusted sales for December 2022 were up 21.2% compared with December 2021. Sales rose at full-service restaurants (+27.7%), limited-service eating places (+11.9%), special food services (+36.7%) and drinking places (+41.6%) in all 10 provinces.

Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 7.7% in December 2022 compared with December 2021, and prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments increased 4.7% in the same period.

In 2022, operators in the food service industry continued to recover as most restrictions were lifted by midyear and Canadians felt more comfortable going to bars and restaurants. Sales increased 26.6% in 2022 compared with the previous year and were higher than pre-pandemic levels (+7.7%) for the first time since its onset.

Receipts at full-service restaurants, the hardest hit subsector during the pandemic, rose 37.6% as the lifting of restrictions allowed these businesses to operate at full capacity. Limited-service eating places (+13.9%) fared well during the pandemic and continued to see sales growth in 2022. Receipts at special food services (+52.1%) flourished as workers continued to return to the office, air travel increased, and stadiums opened to sports and concerts at full capacity. Sales at drinking places rose 48.4% as patrons returned to their favourite bar, tavern or nightclub.

Although 2022 was a year of recovery for the food service and drinking places industry, it still had its challenges. Three years into a global pandemic, the industry saw sales finally surpass the 2019 pre-pandemic level but only at limited-service eating places (+13.1%) and full-service restaurants (+6.3%). Special food services (-4.8%) and drinking places (-14.1%) remained below their pre-pandemic levels.

Prices continued to rise in the subsector as the prices for food purchased from restaurants increased 6.7% in 2022 compared with 2021, while the prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments increased 4.2% over the same period.


  Note to readers

Unless otherwise noted, all data in this release are seasonally adjusted and expressed in current dollars. Seasonally adjusted data are data that have been modified to eliminate the effect of seasonal and calendar influences to allow for more meaningful comparisons of economic conditions from period to period. For more information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonally adjusted data – Frequently asked questions.

Trend-cycle data are included in selected charts to complement the seasonally adjusted series. These data represent a smoothed version of the seasonally adjusted time series and provide information on longer-term movements, including changes in direction underlying the series. For information on trend-cycle data, see the StatCan Blog and Trend-cycle estimates – Frequently asked questions.

Data for the current reference month are preliminary. Usually, unadjusted data are revised for the previous two months, and seasonally adjusted data are revised for the previous three months. Both seasonally adjusted data and trend-cycle estimates are subject to revision as additional observations become available. These revisions could be large and could even lead to a reversal of movement, especially for reference months near the end of the series or during periods of economic disruption.

Find these data and more statistics on the Business and consumer services and culture statistics portal.

Contact information

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