(From left to right: Habit Coffee, Mo:Le Restaurant, Bliss Cafe / from Bliss Cafe Facebook page)

It’s no secret that small businesses and locally-owned restaurants have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. With everyone social distancing and sheltering in place, restaurants are empty and owners and staff are taking on the economic toll.

Canada Takeout Day aims to combat this economic hardship and bring communities across the country together. The movement encourages Canadians to support local eateries by ordering takeout on Wednesdays.

The initiative kicked off on April 15th with a live show on Facebook featuring a variety of Canadian artists, athletes, and personalities. George Strombolopolous, Tessa Virtue, Alan Doyle, and more are all participating in the project. Their third show will be happening this Wednesday, April 29th at 5 p.m. PST.

Over a million people work in Canada’s restaurant industry. Canada Takeout Day is a great way to support them and keep the businesses you love up and running throughout the course of the pandemic. 

And it’s not just restaurants that could use the business. Miss happy hour? Order from a local brewery or distillery and hold a tipsy Zoom hangout.

Canada Takeout’s restaurant finder provides a map of eateries that are open for business. If you want to add your establishment to the map, you can submit a form via their website

Tourism Victoria also features a list of restaurants, breweries, and other businesses that have adapted their services in the midst of the pandemic.

While there is estimated to be a low chance of transmission when it comes to takeout and delivery, there are practices that can help to reduce risk even further:

  • wash your hands before and after handling packaging and food
  • throw out packaging as soon as possible and minimize the surfaces it touches
  • reheat food on the stove or in the microwave if possible

More health guidelines can be found on the Government of Canada website.

This Wednesday, and every Wednesday until the pandemic has passed, anyone that has the ability to do so is encouraged to order takeout! 

We’ll make it through this as long as we keep supporting each other. And eating your favourite foods with no dishes to clean up afterwards? Sounds like a pretty great way to lend support!