Canadian Hospitality Worker Relief Fund

Applications Open on May 6th, 2020

Applications are now closed. Due to an overwhelming response of thousands of applicants, the Fund is no longer accepting new applications. Our team is working hard to verify applications as fast as possible, until all funds have been distributed. Successful applicants can expect to receive the grant within 2-4 weeks of application.

COVID-19 has hit hospitality workers hard – and we want to help. Working with our partners, we will be providing $500 one-time grants to eligible hospitality workers on a first-come, first served basis.

Applications are now closed


Workers in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including delivery people, who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic financially through a decrease in wages or loss of employment.

This one-time grant is intended to help with your day-to-day expenses like groceries, utility bills, rent or mortgage, and/or medical assistance.

Grants will be awarded to individuals who meet the eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the fund administrators at the Design Exchange,  until all funds have been distributed.

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)

Individuals related to employees or board members of the Design Exchange are not eligible for grants from this fund.

Read more about the Fund here. For organizations interested in contributing to support hospitality workers, please email us.

Founding Partners

Community Partners