Recipe Unlimited Corp. (Recipe) has announced a $500,000 support package for its Ontario frontline restaurant workers to help them through the latest extended closures.
“The anxiety created by the roller coaster actions of government-mandated openings and closings is having a significant financial and mental health impact on many of our frontline teammates,” said the brand’s CEO, Frank Hennessey. “And while politicians and health officials debate the best course of action, it is evident their decisions are impacting people beyond COVID-19. We want to ensure no member of our team is left unable to pay their rent or feed their families. Unfortunately, we are seeing too many instances where this support is needed.”
The program consists of direct payments to employees who would have otherwise been laid off due to the latest lockdown. The company is also enhancing its benefits coverage for mental health practitioners and employee assistance programs.
Since the pandemic, Recipe has taken several actions to support both its frontline teammates and franchise partners. In March 2020, the company provided an additional two weeks of wages to its hourly employees to help manage the initial uncertainty of the provincial lockdown. It also launched a premium for employees who provided several essential services throughout the pandemic.
Last May, Recipe announced a $35 million subsidy program provided to its franchisees along with additional economic support through December 2020, which was then extended into the first quarter of 2021.
In November 2020, in addition to more than $2 million in investment in personal protective equipment (PPE) and other social distancing requirements, Recipe announced its ‘Social Safely’ program, which the company states provides a ‘transparent view’ to the protocols, procedures, and practices implemented at restaurants to help keep employees and customers safe.