Toronto partners with food apps to support local restaurants

Oct 14 2020, 6:30 pm

Mayor John Tory announced the City of Toronto is partnering with food apps to support local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, the mayor said Open For Businesses — a partnership in collaboration with Ritual and DoorDash— is being extended to help local businesses across Toronto increase their commission-free online sales.

Due to the rising cases of the virus and the temporary closure of indoor dining this program will help local businesses keep their doors open while keeping their employees and customers safe through commission-free online ordering.

“It is partnerships such as this that will help Toronto businesses recover and rebuild from this pandemic stronger than before. I want to thank Ritual – a Toronto tech success story – for developing Ritual ONE and partnering with us to help our local businesses, especially the restaurant and food services sector, as we face the second wave of COVID-19,” Tory said. 

Through this partnership extension, Ritual will provide its commission-free digital ordering platform Ritual ONE to City of Toronto businesses at no cost through the end of this year.

This includes waiving set-up fee of $99 and monthly subscription fees of $49.

“All local businesses who enroll in Ritual ONE will receive delivery capabilities powered by DoorDash Drive, its white-label fulfillment platform that powers direct delivery for any business. Toronto partners will receive two weeks of free delivery from Monday, October 26 – Sunday, November 8, 2020. All flat fee delivery fees will be waived for customers and local businesses,” the release notes.

Additionally, any business that completes one delivery order on Ritual ONE powered by DoorDash Drive by December 31 will receive Ritual ONE free through 2021. More information can be found online.

On Tuesday, the Ontario government announced it is s providing $300 million to give relief to local restaurants which will help offset fixed costs, including property taxes, hydro and natural gas bills.

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