• SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY IN TIMES OF NEED.

  • OUR FUNDS

    Canadian hospitality professionals continue to face constant and ever-changing challenges, from shutdowns and reduced capacities to changing seasons; the only consistency right now is economic uncertainty. After receiving thousands of requests for assistance, and understanding some common challenges shared by all types of hospitality professionals, we've identified four funds to better address the needs of our community.

    Awarded in instalments of $250 and $500 to applicants who need it most, whether due to sudden loss of employment, illness or injury.

    When your income is severely disrupted, many are forced to decide between paying bills and buying groceries. Our grocery vouchers are here to help.

  • SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC, THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY HAS SUFFERED THE LARGEST JOB LOSS GAP OF ANY MAJOR INDUSTRY IN CANADA​.

    1.2 MILLION PEOPLE WORK IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY IN CANADA, AND EVERY ONE HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY CLOSURES, REDUCED HOURS OR EXPOSURE TO ILLNESS.

    HOW TO HELP: WEAR A MASK, ORDER TAKEOUT DIRECT FROM A LOCAL RESTAURANT AND IF YOU CAN, SUPPORT BY DONATING TO OUR FUND.

  • THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

    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 for at least six months prior to shutdowns brought on by COVID 19 - March 16th, 2020.

    - 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.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY

    - SIN Number

    - Proof of Employment: ROE or pay stub

    - Canadian Bank Account

  • TESTIMONIALS

    “One day, during the usual February lull, an injury put me out of work for 10 days. I knew rent was going to be impossible. My friend reached out to Andrew and the Fund which gave me..., which covered most of my rent for March 1. It was a huge help, since I was/am not in a position to receive help financially from family.”

    - Anonymous

    TESTIMONIALS

    "Having been injured and out of work for months in my career, I can attest towards the efficiency and honourable intentions of the Bartenders Benevolent Fund - with their help I was able to endure hardships that might have otherwise broken me... give Alms to the poor, please support the Bartenders Benevolent Fund."

    - Anonymous

    TESTIMONIALS

    "I just wanted to say thank you again! Today I had to go and get insulin and diabetic supplies, and as you know, servers generally don't have benefits to cover items like these. You guys took a huge burden off of my shoulders and I will be forever grateful! I have shared your information with all those that I know in hopes of helping others as well. What you're doing is quite amazing!"

    - Anonymous

  • FOOD INSECURITY FUND

    Food insecurity is a serious issue; nobody should not know where their next meal is coming from. And a meal should not be a compromise between childcare, medical expenses or rent and other bills. This fund has been built to help those having to make the decision between anything or you, your family or pet eating a meal. This fund provides $50 digital vouchers to qualifying applicants, at a variety of grocery retailers. Applicants may apply to this fund once per month, and funds will be awarded digitally through our third party program; Everything Card.

    WHO CAN APPLY

    - Open to all who can demonstrate they held a position within a licensed establishment for at least six months prior to shutdowns brought on by COVID 19 - March 16th, 2020.

    - 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

    Applications to the Food Insecurity Fund are reviewed weekly, and are awarded to all qualifying applicants, on a first come, first serve basis, until the fund is exhausted. Successful applicants will be emailed a $50 gift voucher to the retailer selected in the application.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY

    - Proof of Employment: ROE or pay stub

  • 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, and one award from our Food Insecurity Fund per month.

    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?

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund and its volunteers will at all times respect the confidentiality of the Personal Information placed in its care. The Fund will endeavour to ensure that the policies affecting the collection, storage and disclosure of Personal Information reflect the confidential nature of the information. Our Privacy Policy ensures your personal details remain as such. All applications are verified and then redacted by our Funding Officer before applications are reviewed by their respective panels. The redacted information is only accessible by our Funding Officer and Executive Director. Our Privacy Policy extends to all email, social, verbal and written correspondence.

    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.

  • FOR THE COMMUNITY. BY THE COMMUNITY.

    Stay up to date on the Bartenders Benevolent Fund news and follow us on our social channels. For any and all questions please feel free to reach out to our team by email.

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