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BC’s permanent delivery cap gets the green light

B.C. has become the first province in Canada to implement a permanent cap on fees charged by food-delivery companies.

Today (Friday), the Food Delivery Service Fee Act passed in the BC Legislature and will now provide more cost certainty to restaurant and bar owners.

“Shifting consumer habits throughout the pandemic led to B.C.’s restaurant industry continuously adapting to stay open and serve their customers,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.

“By passing legislation to make the delivery fee cap a permanent support for restaurants, we’re leading Canada in providing more stability and certainty to the sector itself, and to the delivery drivers who work within it.”

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B.C.’s cap limits the fees delivery companies can charge restaurants to no more than 20% of the dollar value of an order, echoing similar permanent caps enacted by Seattle and San Francisco.

The Food Delivery Service Fee Act also prohibits delivery companies from reducing driver compensation, ensuring employees and contractors continue to be paid their wages and gratuities.

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