Boston Pizza supports local businesses as a Canada United Partner


Oct 15, 2020

Local businesses are an important part of our economy here in Canada and as locally owned and operated restaurants, Boston Pizza is proud to be a part of this ecosystem.  Local businesses of all kinds bring growth and innovation while providing employment and giving back to the communities.

Supporting local has never been more important.  Many businesses are struggling to survive with reduced revenue, new and rising costs and shifting operating requirements and regulations.

With this in mind, Boston Pizza is proud to have participated in the Canada United weekend in August 2020.  The Canada United movement supports locally owned and operated businesses while showing solidarity between large and small brands across Canada who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  Canada United has resulted in increased support for local enterprises, a platform to say they’re open and ready for business, hundreds of small business stories in the news and a relief fund to help with the extra cost of PPE.  The Canada United movement has seen over 875 million impressions, more than 110 supportive partners, and 44 municipal proclamations to inspire support for local Canadian brands.  Boston Pizza is proud to be a part of this movement as a partner.

Originating in Edmonton, Alberta (not in Boston, despite the name), this Canadian brand has been a recognized name across the country since 1964. Almost all 395 Boston Pizzas are locally owned by independent franchisees who live in their communities and employ about 12,000 community members from across the country.

Combining a restaurant and sports bar in one, Boston Pizza offers dine-in as well as takeout and delivery. Not just famous for their signature hand-pressed dough pizzas, the extensive menu also offers mouth-watering pasta dishes as well as salads, entrées, and desserts.

How has Boston Pizza adjusted during the COVID-19 situation?  Since the start of the pandemic, Boston Pizza has been following, and in many cases, going beyond, federal, provincial, and municipal health guidelines. Committed to protecting the health and safety of employees, guests, and communities, Boston Pizza has implemented health and safety measures including increased cleaning and sanitization and the wearing of protective masks by all staff at all restaurants.

While dining rooms and sports bars were required to close at the height of the pandemic, Boston Pizza was ready with take-out and delivery options, providing much needed at home meal solutions for Canadians. Boston Pizza is grateful for the support of their guests during the pandemic and maintains their long tradition of giving back to communities.  Many Boston Pizza Franchisees have helped to feed front-line workers at hospitals, grocery stores and long-term care facilities during the pandemic, and becoming a partner in Canada United was a natural step forward in their support of local business communities.