DoorDash Announces Canadian Winners Of The COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Grants
Winners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver will use funds provided by DoorDash's Main Street Strong effort to help offset the costs associated with running a restaurant amid the ongoing pandemic and local dining restrictions.
TORONTO, March 4, 2021 /CNW/ -- DoorDash today announced the Canadian winners of its COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Grant program through the company's five-year, $200 million USD Main Street Strong Pledge to empower communities across Canada and the United States. These grants come as part of DoorDash providing $1,125,000 CAD to help eligible restaurants in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Hello Alice managed the application and selection process for the program while the Ontario Chamber of Commerce is managing the distribution of funds to recipients in each city. These grants can be used to cover operating costs during this challenging time, including rent, payroll, purchasing PPE, expanding outdoor dining capacity and other expenses.
The below restaurants in Montreal have been selected to receive $3,000 CAD grants through the program:
The below restaurants in Toronto have been selected to receive $3,000 CAD grants through the program:
All restaurants who applied for a grant will receive free access to the Hello Alice platform, which offers peer-to-peer networking, mentorship, and tools such as the COVID-19 Restaurant Resource Center, a curated list of industry-specific resources, information from fellow restaurant and food service owners about the challenges they're facing, and how-to guides designed to help restaurants reopen the doors and get back to business. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce will begin grant distribution in March, with all restaurants receiving their grant by early-April.
"This DoorDash grant will help subsidize the cost of operations for our restaurant. Due to provincial limitations, our sales have reduced significantly. The grant will help cover labour costs and support in the expansion our food delivery capacity while we adapt to a changed industry." – En Luo, Freres Restaurant in Montreal
"I'm so incredibly thankful for the DoorDash Local Restaurants Grant. This couldn't have come at a better time! We are trying to gear up for the warmer months by making the experience even more safe and pleasant for our customers. This money will help greatly for improving safety infrastructures and the outdoor patio dining experience." – Amira Becarevic, Mira Mira in Toronto
"We are extremely grateful for this grant in such a critical time for our small business to continue operating. These funds will help us in the purchase of some equipment allowing us to expand and operate with a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are now able to offer more to our DoorDash customers with the improvement of these kitchen pieces and restaurant marketing." – Richard Chew, Chewies Biscuit Co in Vancouver
"Restaurants have faced unprecedented challenges in the last year, and DoorDash is proud to support them," said David London, Director, U.S. East and Canada Government Relations, DoorDash. "It is our hope that these grants will help restaurants as they continue to navigate the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis."
When first announcing the grants, John Kiru, Executive Director of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, said "We are proud to partner with DoorDash on this initiative and to ensure Toronto's struggling restaurants are aware of this meaningful grant opportunity."
For the program launch, Ian Tostenson, President & CEO, British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association, said "We're excited to see the DoorDash grant recipients receive this much needed financial support and to put it into action. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are at the heart of Vancouver's vibrant restaurant scene. Connecting businesses with locally-minded grants that serve our local neighbourhoods is extremely valuable in COVID-times."
When launching the program, Charles Gauthier, President and CEO, Downtown Vancouver BIA, said "Restaurants have done an incredible job of adapting over the past year. It has not been easy, but initiatives like this will help businesses get through to the better days ahead. We strongly encourage those who qualify to apply for this grant."
During the first round of DoorDash's Main Street Strong COVID-19 relief grants in 2020, 85% of restaurants stated that one of the biggest impacts on their business was reduced sales due to COVID restrictions, and 82% cited lost revenue attributed to the declining economy.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, DoorDash has taken significant active steps to ensure the safety of its entire community, including providing:
DoorDash is a technology company that connects consumers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 4,000 cities and all 50 states across the United States, Canada, and Australia. Founded in 2013, DoorDash enables local businesses to address consumers' expectations of ease and immediacy and thrive in today's convenience economy. By building the last-mile logistics infrastructure for local commerce, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time.
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