VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. has capped the amount food delivery companies can charge local restaurants.

An Emergency Program Act (EPA) order has been created to place a temporary cap on fees charged to restaurants from food delivery companies to 15%.

An additional cap of 5% is also included for other related fees associated with the use of the service, such as online ordering and processing fees. This will ensure that companies cannot shift their delivery costs to other fees.

Restaurants have complained that delivery service companies like Skip the Dishes take up to 30% of an order.

The new rules will take effect December 27, 2020, and will be in place until three months after the Provincial State of Emergency is lifted.

“Local restaurants and businesses play a vital role in our communities, and they have experienced a significant decline in sales and traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.