BC plans to make food delivery charges permanent – ​​Victoria News

Food delivery companies will be permanently limited in how much they can charge restaurants for their services, if BC government legislation is passed.

The province first implemented temporary fare caps in December 2020, when the pandemic forced much of the restaurant industry to switch to takeout and delivery services. At the time, restaurants reported being charged up to 30 percent per order by food delivery companies.

The proposed permanent limit would limit businesses to a 20 percent surcharge per order, combining the two separate limits of 15 and five percent enforced to date.

And, as with the temporary measures, food delivery companies would be prohibited from reducing driver pay to offset the tariff cap.

“As the cost of food and labor rises globally, restaurants in BC must be supported to ensure prices are affordable and delivery companies do not charge unfair fees,” said Ravi Kahlon, minister for jobs, economic recovery and innovation. in a news item. release Thursday (October 6).

The current temporary limit expires on December 31.

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