Restaurants Canada is partnering with Uber Eats to provide $1 million in grants to independently-owned restaurants across Canada as part of the Uber Eats “Eat Local Relief Effort.”
With many restaurants dine-in service closed or restricted with capacity limits, the “Eat Local Relief Grant” will provide 400 restaurants with a cash infusion when they could use it most.
Lola Kassim, general manager of Uber Eats Canada, said that: “As we approach the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, it’s never been more important to support local restaurants.”
Kassim explained that: “With the Eat Local Relief Grant program, we’ll provide $1 million to restaurants in need across Canada. We are excited to partner with Restaurants Canada on this important initiative.”
Todd Barclay, president and CEO, Restaurants Canada, said that: “We understand the times continue to be challenging, and the transition to dining in will be longer than anyone expected, so while we continue to advocate for favourable delivery options that allow restaurants to survive during this period, we are happy to partner with an industry ally like Uber Eats, who are committed to supporting restaurants during this ongoing crisis.”
Applications for the grant program are open, visit www.eatlocalreliefgrants.ca.
To be eligible, restaurants are required to demonstrate financial need, have fewer than 5 locations, a maximum of 50 employees per location and have annual gross revenues in 2020 of less than $3 million per location.
Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to the local community, including restaurant staff, throughout the pandemic.