Canada’s top chefs Victor Barry, Vikram Vij, and Dan Geltner have today announced the launch of the Canadian Hospitality Worker Relief Fund (CHWRF) to support restaurant and hospitality workers financially impacted by COVID-19. The Fund will provide $500 one-time grants to eligible workers on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Fund, which will start accepting applications on Wednesday, May 6, will offer grants to cooks, servers, dishwashers, bartenders, delivery people, and others who are in distress and urgent need of items such as groceries, medication, or other health products.
The Fund will be administered by the Design Exchange, a Canadian registered charity that also serves as an event venue in Toronto.
“$500 grants are a welcome support for hospitality workers,” said Vij. “These additional funds will be an immense help for front-of-house and back-of-house staff.”
“The hospitality community is my extended family,” said Barry. “Since I was 11 years old, I’ve had the privilege of working side-by-side with the exceptional people who make, serve, and deliver your food. And now more than ever these hardworking people need our help.”
“The Canadian restaurant industry is suffering as many restaurant and hospitality workers find themselves without work and in need of financial assistance,” said Geltner. “I am proud to join the CHWRF in supporting workers and their families here in Quebec and the rest of the country.”
CHWRF Founding Partners, including Uber Eats, Garland, and Welbilt Canada, have pledged over $1 million in total to launch the fund.