Com­pe­ti­tion Bureau calls for re-think of rules gov­ern­ing food trucks

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

OT­TAWA — The fed­eral Com­pe­ti­tion Bureau is call­ing on mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to re-think their rules around food trucks in a bid to en­cour­age the pop­u­lar choice for many Cana­di­ans look­ing for a quick and tasty meal.

The bureau says flex­i­ble reg­u­la­tions could mean more choices and greater com­pe­ti­tion.

In its lat­est is­sue of the Com­pe­ti­tion Ad­vo­cate, the reg­u­la­tor says the ben­e­fits can in­clude at­tract­ing new cus­tomers, im­proved street vi­tal­ity and jobs. In some places, food trucks have evolved be­yond hot dogs, fries and pou­tine in re­cent years with up­scale of­fer­ings such as fish ta­cos, sushi and cur­ries from around the world.

How­ever, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of­ten limit where food trucks can op­er­ate, how long they can be open and the num­ber of food trucks that are per­mit­ted in a given area.

The bureau says that while reg­u­la­tions can serve le­git­i­mate pol­icy goals, some restric­tions may go fur­ther than nec­es­sary.

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