The Emergency Relief Fund is the bedrock of the BBF, and was built to help hospitality professionals who demonstrate an urgent need of financial support. The fund is designed to support applicants in covering the cost of essential elements, such as paying their rent, utilities, childcare or medical bills including mental health support. You will require proof of employment and a valid SIN, and approved, awarded funds will be transferred to you digitally via our third party program; Plooto.
WHO CAN APPLY
- Open to all who can demonstrate they held a position within a licensed establishment in the previous 3 months.
- You must currently reside in Canada.
- Your place of employment must have a valid license to serve wine, beer or spirits.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS
To apply, outline your specific circumstances and upload supporting documentation through our online application form, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Every Saturday, applications from the previous week are stripped of identifying information before being objectively scored based on a needs-based lens, and reviewed by a panel of hospitality professionals from across the country to understand the unique circumstances of each applicant.
With the end of restrictions and the industry returning to full capacity, we’re returning to our roots of supporting hospitality workers in times of unexpected emergencies. with this, we've merged the Food Insecurity Fund with the Emergency Relief Fund to better support our community. If you require support, we encourage you to apply to the Emergency Relief Fund, open to any hospitality workers, who can show they have worked in a licensed establishment in the previous 3 months, and see our Resources page for additional supports.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We've gathered together answers to the questions we hear the most, but if you have any other questions check out the FAQ page for more answers, or feel free to email us.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Professional bartenders, servers, chefs, line cooks, dish washers, bussers and all front and back of house support staff, as well as salaried employees, such as general managers, bar managers, floor managers, kitchen managers and sommeliers residing in Canada, are eligible for up to a maximum of $500 from our Emergency Relief Fund.
WHAT INFORMATION IS REQUIRED TO APPLY?
We need to confirm that you are a hospitality professional. This can be through either by a Record of Employment (ROE) or a pay stub (values may be blanked out) from your current/last place of work. Your name and address must be clearly visible on both. You do not need to be currently employed to apply, but you must have held a position within a Canadian venue with an active liquor license, for at least six months before the start of the first national lockdown, March 16th, 2020.
CAN UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS APPLY FOR BBF ASSISTANCE?
We require a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from all successful applicants to the Emergency Relief Fund in order to issue a T4A form for CRA purposes. As a result, those without a valid SIN are ineligible to apply for our Emergency Relief Fund. A SIN is not required for any of our other funds or programming including our Mental Health Assistance Fund and our Food Insecurity Fund, however, you must currently reside in Canada.
WHO DECIDES HOW THE APPLICATIONS ARE PROCESSED?
Applications are reviewed following a process defined by our Board of Directors centred around protecting the privacy of those applying for support, and removing barriers to application. Applications go directly to our Funding Officer who verifies details, then either removes identifying information and shares them to the appropriate Disbursement or Review Panel, or processes the qualifying applications. Our panels are comprised of current and former industry professionals.
HOW DO YOU ENSURE MY INFORMATION REMAINS PRIVATE?
WILL I BE TAXED ON MY EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND AWARD?
This award will class as taxable income, meaning that it will combine with your other annual income to provide a total number on which you will be required to pay tax. So, in rare instances, this award has the potential to put your income into a higher tax bracket. We ask for a SIN from each successful applicant so we can issue a T4A form for you to include in your annual tax return. If you have any further questions relating to this question, please reach out to us using the form below.
NEED HELP APPLYING?
Have any questions about your application or guidance on how to apply? Send us a message and we would be happy to answer your questions.
Questions submitted through the website will be kept in confidence and will not be shared with any member of any of our selection committees.