Quebec has approached the app delivery giants Uber Eats, Door Dash and SkipTheDishes to ask them to cap on their own the amount they charge restaurant owners.
This was indicated by the office of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, in reaction to a proposal to this effect made on Tuesday by the Parti Québécois.
The opposition party has urged the government to put a cap on the fees these app delivery giants can charge to restaurant owners, a measure recently put in place in British Columbia to help restaurant businesses weather the food crisis. COVID-19.
These fees, which can reach up to 30% of the cost of an order, melt the profit margin, especially in the case of small restaurateurs, pleaded the spokesperson for the party in terms of economy and recovery, Méganne Perry Melançon.
“We want to move quickly on this file. That’s why we’re asking the executives of Uber Eats, Door Dash and SkipTheDishes to cap the amount on their own. […] We contacted these companies today to inform them of our position, ”said Minister André Lamontagne’s press secretary, Laurence Voyzelle.
On their own, Uber Eats, Door Dash and SkipTheDishes represent 80% of deliveries per app in Quebec, she said. The ceiling which is requested of them is 20% of the invoice, including 15% for delivery.
“We are wholeheartedly with restaurateurs and we recognize that they have their share of difficulties in the current context,” says Laurence Voyzelle.
The request formulated by Méganne Perry Mélançon, however, went further. It demanded that the government of the Coalition futur Quebec decree under the state of health emergency the capping of these fees at 15%, which the government of British Columbia already did at the end of December.
“Often, small restaurants do not have delivery services, so they do not have the choice of doing business with Uber Eats or Doordash and we know that there are fees that are quite excessive”, a- she asserted.
The decree adopted by the government there even provides that the companies affected by this measure cannot reduce the wages of their employees to compensate for this loss of income.
As is also planned in the Western Province, such a measure should remain in place until the end of the current crisis, believes Méganne Perry Mélançon.
“We want this measure to be put forward as quickly as possible,” she adds.
The mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, has already spoken in favor of this measure this week.
“COVID-19 is forcing restaurant owners to turn to home delivery. But the fees charged to them by the delivery companies are very high. I ask the government of Quebec to impose a temporary cap on these costs, to ensure profitability for restaurateurs, ”she wrote on Twitter last Saturday.
Already strongly affected by the closure of their dining rooms to fight the spread of COVID-19, restaurant owners are struggling to earn income, especially with the entry into force of the curfew.