Bill 87 imposes a delivery charge of up to 20% of the pre-order amount. (Photo: Eggbank for Unsplash)
Quebec has abusive fees levied on Uber Eats and Dordash restaurants around the world and they refuse to meet these fees.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Minister Andre Lamontagne on Thursday introduced a bill that would force them to curb their hunger, without which they could face hefty fines.
Bill 87 charges a maximum of 15% of the pre-order amount of tax 87 and a maximum of 5% of the pre-tax delivery and a maximum of 5% for internet service if the delivery is made for 20% of the order amount on or through the ordering service. . It charges a maximum of 10% for Internet service on the order when delivered by someone other than a web service.
Fines for violating the law can be hefty: a fine of $ 5,000 to, 500,000 in the case of a natural person and $ 15,000 to $ 1.5 million in the case of an individual. Cases, minimum and maximum fines are “doubled in case of recurring offense”.
These measures only target large players, as they apply to “a third party that provides delivery services to at least 500 restaurants.” In addition, they only apply to restaurants where the dining room is “closed due to sanitary measures” and will no longer be in effect after the lifting of the health emergency.
The bill also closes the loophole where delivery services can be used by stating that the amount paid to the delivery person cannot be reduced to reach the percentage prescribed by law. Such wage cuts for violating the law are also punishable with the aforementioned fine.
The minister asked Uber Eats, Durdash and Skip the Dish, the three largest companies providing these services, to voluntarily cap their fees. Only the Canadian company Skip The Dishes, known as Skip, which has already charged 20%, has agreed.
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Opposition parties, including the association’s restaurant Quebec and the city of Montreal, have called on the government to intervene in the case.
While welcoming the intent of the Quebec Solidarity Bill, the political party has condemned the restrictions imposed on it. Its spokesman for tax justice, Vincent Marisol, denied that the roof was built only on the red and orange areas and that there was an expiration date on the packaging, i.e. until a health emergency was lifted.
A member of Rosmont’s Solidarity believes there is a “permanent solution” to these costs and that the minister should come back to the table and “guarantee all the restaurants in Quebec that the abusive spending will not come back with a good return” atmosphere.
The Montreal restaurant also filed a Class Action Request in Superior Court in mid-January. Second, in his request, the commissions alleged that “more than 15% of the customer’s order is disproportionate, interest and misappropriation, thus violating Article 1437 of the Quebec Civil Code”.
A representative of the Class Action Request, a restaurant in Montreal called Deli Boise, is also seeking damages and a ban to force a cap on costs up to 15% of the order amount.