Three Canadian Chefs in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal launch $1M Fund to support hospitality workers across Canada.
May 02, 2020 - EightSix Staff
To help restaurant and hospitality workers impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, top Canadian chefs Vikram Vij of Vancouver, Toronto's Victor Barry and Montreal's Dan Geltner created the Canadian Hospitality Worker Relief Fund (CHWRF).
The $1 million fund, which is accepting applications beginning May 6, provides a one-time grant of $500 to 2000 recipients who are facing financial hardship following the closure of the industry in mid-March. The grants are meant to be used for essentials such as groceries, medications, and other health products.
Eligibility includes hospitality workers living in Canada who:
- Are over the age of 18
- Have worked in the hospitality industry, including food delivery workers, for at least 90 days in the past year
- Have their primary source of income in the restaurant or lodging industry
- Have experienced a decrease in wages or loss of job on or after March 10, 2020
- Have the ability to accept electronic transfer payments (ie. Interac e-transfers)
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