Paola Lorigia, The Canadian Press
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2020, 6:08 AM EST
TARONTA – Ontario is going to limit the fees that additional delivery programs impose on restaurants in regions where indoor dining is prohibited, a senior government source said.
The progressive Conservative government is ready today to introduce legislation that would allow the province to temporarily limit the number of programs such as UberEats and DoorDash that can charge restaurants in COVID-19 restricted areas for their services, the source said.
Documents obtained by The Canadian Press report that companies that violate the proposed law could face fines of up to $ 10 million.
The source notes that the limit has not yet been set, but the province is considering something similar to what was done in New York, where a 20 percent delivery fee was recently limited to help restaurants survive a pandemic.
The bill also aims to protect the wages of suppliers and to ensure that companies do not restrict delivery areas and do not exclude certain restaurants, the source said.
The proposed law is intended to temporarily assist restaurants that are currently forced to rely on delivery and export orders as the sole source of revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions that prohibit on-premises service.