Toronto-based Jiffy on Demand closes half a million seed round

Jiffy on Demand

In just over a month since officially going live with its on-demand service in Toronto, Jiffy on Demand, or “Jiffy” as they prefer to be called, has announced the close of its first round of funding. The company announced today that it has closed just over $500,000 in seed funding, led by a handful of strategic angel investors, including Facebook Canada’s Jordan Banks.

“We’re extremely excited to have one of Canada’s leading technologist investing in Jiffy,” said Jaimie Grossman, CEO of Jiffy. “Jordan brings invaluable experience in the tech space and a real understanding of how to build an online platform.” Grossman also told BetaKit that Jiffy plans to expand outside of Toronto in early 2016.

With dozens of home maintenance categories listed on its site — such as painting, carpentry, gardening, plumbing, car detailing, and electrical — the Toronto-based app is designed to send help for what ails your house. Jiffy personally hand-picks tradespeople and certifies them to ensure the people within its community are skilled professionals. The Jiffy app is currently available for iOS in the App Store, or on the web.

Ian Hardy

Ian Hardy

Ian is the Director of Partnerships for BetaKit. He's been quietly creating and building things for years and is completely addicted to Tim Hortons.

  • Neat idea, sounds like a TaskRabbit for Toronto, will have to wait and see if they see similar success. I’m not certain an app is the best approach to launch, another step vs just visiting a website. Best of luck, would like to see something like this in Calgary.

  • Cool idea. But the problem is, contractors need to watch out with something like this.
    The model of the site promotes a higher probability of shotty work because they charge right when they get to your place. Ie. they get to the job with out even seeing the work to be done. A contractor not on this site would look at the job before and not charge. Not seeing a job before causes all sorts of assumptions from the contractor … leading to error.

  • Homeowner

    You will pay $100 more for each service doing this because jiffy has to get their cut. You will also get companies who are unknown and have to rely on a service like jiffy to get them jobs. Just ask the company that shows up at your door how much they would normally charge if you called them directly instead of going through jiffy, it will be $100 less every time.