Quebec Tables Bill to Cap Delivery Fees


QUEBEC — The Quebec Government tabled legislation last week that aims to cap the fees third-party delivery providers can charge to restaurants while on-site dining remains closed due to public-health orders.

The proposed law, Bill 87, would cap the commissions charged to restaurants by major delivery platforms (those that provide delivery to at least 500 restaurants) at a maximum of 20 per cent of the order’s value before taxes. If passed, the bill would make companies that don’t comply subject to fines of up to $1.5 million.

The law would also prohibit companies from reducing the amount paid to delivery drivers to compensate for the impact of the fee cap.

Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food André Lamontagne, previously asked Uber Eats, DoorDash and SkipTheDishes to voluntarily cap their fees, but only SkipTheDishes, which already had its fees at 20 per cent, agreed.

In January, there had been renewed calls for the province to place a cap on third-party restaurant-delivery fees due to the province-wide lockdown and curfews put in place. At this time, Montreal restaurant Déli Boyz also filed a class-action lawsuit against food-delivery companies over the commissions charged by these services during the pandemic.

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