B.C.’s restaurant sector is hailing election promises by the province’s two largest political parties to put a 15 per cent cap on food delivery commission fees as a crucial lifeline for a struggling industry.
Platforms such as Skip the Dishes, Door Dash and Uber Eats currently charge restaurants as much as 30 per cent in commission on the total price of a food order.
“There’s no way that any restaurant can make any money at that,” said B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association president Ian Tostenson.
Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York have already implemented similar caps, Tostenson said, and haven’t seen the major players pack up and leave.
If they did stop operating, Tostenson believes local entrepreneurs would fill the gap.