• EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR HOSPITALITY PROFESSIONALS.

  • OUR PROGRAMS

    The Bartenders Benevolent Fund is dedicated to the betterment of the Canadian hospitality industry. To that end we are always working on programming to expand our industry and support those who work within it. From career development for diverse communities to fiscal support for all.

  • WE ARE POWERED BY VOLUNTEERS. WE ARE BUILT AND RUN BY BARTENDERS, BAR MANAGERS, SERVERS AND CHEFS FROM ACCOSS CANADA.


    FOR THE COMMUNITY. BY THE COMMUNITY.

    LIKE AND SHARE OUR POSTS ONLINE TO SPREAD THE WORD OF OUR FUNDS AND MAXIMIZE THE CHANCE OF REACHING THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST.

    FRONT OF HOUSE AND BACK OF HOUSE STAFF, WHO HAVE WORKED IN A LICENSED CANADIAN ESTABLISHMENT FOR SIX MONTHS OR MORE, ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR OUR FUNDS.

  • BIPOC WSET LEVEL 1 SCHOLARSHIP

    WSET Wines Level 1 or Spirits Level 1​ Scholarship

    The Black Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) WSET LEVEL 1 Scholarship was developed with the International Wine Education Guild (IWEG) and the Full Plate to address inequalities and underrepresentation of BIPOC people within the hospitality community across Canada. To this end the administrators of the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Fund), IWEG have generously provided us with 10 placements in either the Wine Level 1 or Spirits Level 1 courses.

    The first round of this program has closed, but keep checking back or follow
    @bartendersbenevolentfund for updates and new programming announcements.

  • TAX RETURN SUPPORT PROGRAM

    Taxes can be messy. Hospitality professionals get paid in both wages and tips — and this year CERB and EI — and keeping track and up-to-date with your taxes can be extremely difficult. We are looking at 2021 as a fresh start; an opportunity to get your tax returns in order and up-to-date, and the BBF is here to help you come out of 2020 and start the other side of the pandemic right. Our Tax Return Support Program covers the cost of your tax returns through our partners at the SIFA Group, which was founded and built with the interests of helping the hospitality community. SIFA Group will guide you through the process of getting your tax returns up to date and submitted accordingly.

    WHO CAN APPLY

    - Open to all who can demonstrate they held a position within a licensed Canadian establishment for six months or more, over the past two years

    - Your place of employment must have a valid license to serve wine, beer or spirits.

    WHAT IS THE PROCESS

    Applications to the Tax Return Assistance Fund are reviewed weekly, and are awarded to the first 50 qualifying applicants on a first come, first serve basis, until the fund is exhausted.
    Applicant contact information will be shared to SIFA Group, who will reach out to arrange an appointment.

     

    HAVE YOUR DOCUMENTS READY

    Make sure you have everything you need to complete your returns:

    - Information slips (such as a T4) and/or your SIN

    - Citizenship Status

    - Birthdate

    - Current mailing address

    - Donation Receipts

    - Medical Receipts (incl. prescriptions, dental, and glasses)

    - Student Loan Interest Amounts

    - RRSP Contribution Receipts

    - T2202a from the post-secondary institution you attended (if one was attended in the tax year)

    - Rent information (for each address you lived at: months resided, amount of rent paid, name of person or company to whom rent was paid).

    WHAT YOU NEED TO APPLY

    - SIN Number

    - 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 TO OUR FUNDS AND PROGRAMS?

    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 to apply to our programs, however there may be additional requirements depending on the program.

    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 T5007 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 DEVELOP YOUR PROGRAMMING?

    Our programming is designed based on the needs of the industry, as indicated to us via the applications we receive, the information we collect from partner organizations, and data collection agencies such as Statistics Canada. Once we isolate a need within the hospitality community, we recruit a committee of hospitality professionals from across the country to work together towards designing, implementing and activating a program that addresses the need.

    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.

  • 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

  • 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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