The province says restaurants will continue to save money on their third-party delivery fees through a new act.

In an announcement Wednesday, the Government of Saskatchewan introduced The Supporting Saskatchewan Restaurants Act. This bill extends an existing cap on the amount a third party delivery service can charge a restaurant for handling their orders.

The cap currently sits at 18 per cent of the order price for delivery services. In the instance someone orders from the restaurant through a third party site or app but picks it up themselves, the cap is at 10 per cent.

All restaurants with dine-in service will receive this benefit, but places that still serve food only in takeaway capacities, like convenience or grocery stores, will not.

The province notes that this responds to the costs associated with eateries shifting to delivery heavily due to public health orders.

The act is in effect from May 1st until August 31st, 2021.

Third party services to be able to deliver alcohol as well

The Government also announced Wednesday that delivery companies with independent contractors will be able to deliver alcohol if they have a permit.

The change means workers for  Skip the Dishes, UberEats, DoorDash or other companies similar to those will be able to obtain a home delivery permit.

The new abilities do come with stipulations, however. The contractors making the delivery must be over 19 and have their Serve it Right certificate, something the retail liquor stores, craft producers, liquor permitted restaurants or bars must ensure as well. 

Liqour deliveries can also only be made to those over 19 as well. To obtain a home delivery permit, applicants must complete SLGA’s application and approval process.