Montreal wants to set a cap on food delivery app fees

Jan 12 2021, 3:39 pm

The City of Montreal is asking the provincial government to impose a temporary cap on food delivery app fees.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says fees charged to restaurants by Uber Eats, DoorDash, and SkipTheDishes affects an industry already decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plante’s request has been made in response to the 8 pm to 5 am nightly curfew in Quebec, which is set to be in place until February 8, during which some local spots can’t deliver past curfew time.

Some food delivery apps charge as much as 30% per order.

Plante says the City of Montreal wants to regulate how much food apps can charge per order.

Montreal’s head of economic development, Luc Rabouin, said the city is looking at what’s happening in British Columbia and Ontario where governments have capped a maximum fee at 15%.

Rabouin says Montreal is “asking the government of Quebec to do the same to help local restaurants.”

In response to Montreal’s request, Quebec Premier François Legault on Monday said he is open to looking into temporary legislation but believes the cap could be “complicated.”

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