Over 1,000 local restaurants offering free delivery through City partnership

Oct 26 2020, 12:20 pm

Over 1,000 Toronto businesses will now offer free food delivery after enrolling in the City of Toronto’s collaboration with Ritual and DoorDash.

According to the city, more than 1,000 businesses have enrolled in Open For Business, which allows them to provide delivery service through food-ordering apps Ritual and DoorDash without having to pay a dime on their end.

The service will last until November 8, helping restaurants prosper during these difficult times.

“It is now more critical than ever to support Toronto’s local businesses, especially the restaurant and food services sector through the second wave of COVID-19,” said Mayor John Tory.

“It is thanks to great partners such as Ritual and DoorDash that I am confident Toronto businesses will recover and rebuild from this pandemic stronger than before.”

According to the city, the Ritual ONE app was launched this spring in order to help local businesses across Toronto.

“Ritual is proud to partner with the City of Toronto, Mayor Tory, and DoorDash to support local businesses through our Open For Business initiative. Over the last few months, we’ve worked hard to enable restaurants to accept commission-free orders on their own websites and are proud to announce that Ritual ONE now powers more than 1,000 Toronto restaurants to serve their customers and keep their business up and running,” said Ray Reddy, co-founder and CEO of Ritual.

During this two-week period, delivery fees will be waived by Ritual ONE for both customers and businesses.

“This includes waiving set-up ($99) and monthly subscription fees ($49/month). All local businesses that enroll in Ritual ONE will receive delivery capabilities powered by DoorDash Drive, its fulfillment platform that powers direct delivery for any business,” reads the news release.

As another perk, any business that is able to complete one delivery order through Ritual ONE will receive the service for free through 2021.

These initiatives are a part of Tory’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force’s economic support and recovery plan for Toronto businesses.

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