TORONTO — Restaurants Canada is partnering with Uber Eats to provide $1 million in grants to 400 independently owned restaurants across Canada as part of the Uber Eats ‘Eat Local Relief Effort.’
“As we approach the one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, it’s never been more important to support local restaurants,” says Lola Kassim, general manager of Uber Eats Canada.
“We understand the times continue to be challenging and the transition to dining in will be longer than anyone expected,” says Todd Barclay, president and CEO, Restaurants Canada. “So, while we continue to advocate for favourable delivery options that allow restaurants to survive during this period, we’re 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 at eatlocalreliefgrants.ca. To be eligible, restaurants are required to demonstrate financial need, have fewer than five 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.