Ontario Restaurant & Bar Support Fund awards first grant

Ontario’s Restaurant & Bar Support Fund, which officially launched in early March, has awarded its first grant. The Edmund Burke restaurant, a popular spot in Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood, is the first recipient of a grant from the fund. The money will be going to keep staff at the restaurant employed. This grant is the first […]

2021 Federal Budget details foodservice & hospitality measures

The Government of Canada has unveiled its 2021 Federal Budget and announced it plans to extend the existing wage and rent subsidies and lockdown top-up support until Sept. 25, 2021. The Budget proposes to gradually decrease the rates for the wage subsidy and rent subsidy, beginning July 4, 2021, with the intention to phase out […]

B.C. circuit-breaker relief grant open for applications

British Columbia is now accepting applications for the B.C. circuit-breaker relief grant for foodservice and hospitality businesses hurt by the recent COVID-19 restrictions. Eligible businesses include restaurants, pubs, bars, coffee shops, cafes, cafeterias, lounges, nightclubs, breweries, wineries, and tasting rooms. The grant is repurposing $50 million from the province’s $345 million Business Recovery Grant to […]

2021 Ontario Budget introduces new business grants

On March 24, 2021, the 2021 provincial Ontario Budget was released, and it includes a number of measures pertinent to Ontario’s foodservice and hospitality industries. Notably, the Ontario budget announced the extension of an existing support grant for small businesses, as well as a new financial support specifically for tourism and hospitality. Ontario Small Business […]

Restaurant & Bar Support Fund officially launches in Ontario

The Fund aims to raise $5 million to help a minimum of 1,000 food and beverage establishments across the province in 2021 The Ontario Restaurant and Bar Support Fund has officially launched with the aim of offering financial support to the province’s struggling foodservice operations. The Fund is a registered not-for-profit organization intent on saving […]

DoorDash’s COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Grants Canadian winners announced

Winners can use the COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Grants to help offset operating costs amid the ongoing pandemic. DoorDash has announced the Canadian winners of its COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Grants program through the company’s five-year, US$200 million Main Street Strong Pledge. The grants come as part of DoorDash providing C$1,125,000 to help eligible restaurants in Montreal, Toronto, […]

Finding success through flexible financing

Calgary’s Blowers & Grafton has thrived during the pandemic thanks to painstaking planning and Merchant Growth’s solutions By Tom Nightingale Foodservice and hospitality is often a fine-margin business even at the best of times. There’s so much to juggle financially, from day-to-day product and operational expenses to salaries, from rent and insurance to health and […]

DoorDash announces over $1M in COVID-19 relief grants for Canadian restaurants

Delivery service DoorDash has launched a new initiative to help Canadian restaurants that are navigating uncertainties during COVID-19. The delivery company has announced it will be providing $1,125,000 CAD in local grants that can be used by struggling restaurants in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver to offset costs as they continue to recover from the COVID-19 […]