Cap All Third-Party Delivery App Fees in Toronto and GTA at 15%

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On March 17, 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This included the closure of all restaurants, bars, cafes, and other food services not offering takeout and delivery services. 

While many businesses remain closed in order to help 'flatten the curve,' others have had to stay open in order to try and cover rent, pivoting their businesses to offer takeout and delivery while adhering to strict social distancing and sanitizing protocols. 

In no other time have restaurants had to rely strictly on takeout and delivery. It is their only option right now. So third-party delivery apps such as Uber Eats, which charges 30%, are making it almost impossible for independent businesses survive. Even larger chains are struggling to make the rent.

It's reported that people spend up to 40 per cent of their income on dining out. Now the lion share of that is going to grocery stores and meal kit companies.

A recent Restaurants Canada survey revealed that ONE OUT OF EVERY TWO INDEPENDENT RESTAURANTS DOES NOT EXPECT TO SURVIVE COVID-19. Rent is due on Monday and many more businesses are likely to close.

New York City just capped all third-party delivery app fees at 15 per cent per order. It's time for Toronto to follow suit. NOW. Before more businesses are locked out. Before we lose more of our beloved places and people.

So join Toronto Restaurants and sign the petition to cap all third-party delivery apps in the GTA at 15 per cent. We got liquor with takeout and delivery passed. We can do this too.

All it takes? Your signature.