To qualify for the Restaurant & Bar Support Fund you will need to show that your food and beverage small establishment: 

  • employs 3 to 20 full-time staff and has less than $4 million in annual revenue pre-COVID-19;

  • is based in Ontario and has been operating since January 2019;

  • is owned and operated by a resident of Ontario;

  • has a valid AGCO liquor license;

  • has been closed (for in-house service) due to business restrictions relating to COVID-19;

  • has been approved for one of the following government programs:

    • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

    • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

    • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

    • Ontario Small Business Support Grant

    • or clearly provide financial statements showing 50% decline in revenue (comparable to 2019);

  • demonstrate the need for funds due to decreased revenue and to cover urgent expenses such as rent/wages/inventory/live entertainment (once opened);

  • will be open to the public (in-house service) at the time funds are granted; and,

  • is committed to remain open.

The following expenditures do not qualify - prepayment/refinancing of existing indebtedness, payment of dividends, distributions and increases in management compensation.