The Canadian Hospitality Worker Relief Fund provides $500, one-time grants to hospitality workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funds will be available for hospitality workers living in Canada who:
- Are over the age of 18
- Have worked in the hospitality industry, including food delivery workers, for at least 90 days in the past year
- Have their primary source of income in the restaurant or lodging industry
- Have experienced a decrease in wages or loss of job on or after March 10, 2020
- Have the ability to accept electronic transfer payments (ie. Interac e-transfers)
Businesses in the restaurant and hospitality sector are also eligible for the same tax breaks and financial support programs that have been introduced for other businesses. These programs include:
- Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- Expanded Work Sharing Program
- Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
These benefits also include extending deadlines for the EHT, PST, motor fuel tax, and carbon tax.
The Governments of Canada and British Columbia will continue to monitor how best to support these sectors through the COVID-19 crisis and how they can be a focus in the recovery plan.
Further Reading: Managing and Pivoting Your Business During a Time of Crisis (Small Business BC)