In 2020, Canadian food sales amounted to US$49 billion, a decrease of 34 percent from the previous year. This includes commercial and non-commercial national sales. The impact of COVID -19 caused the closure of non-essential businesses with a number of small to medium sized restaurants permanently closing their businesses. Restricted seating capacity, along with limitations on local and international travel drove sales down. The Canadian restaurant association; Restaurants Canada estimated a loss of up to US$20 billion in 2020.