I found out about ride-sharing when Uber made its short-lived debut in Calgary October of last year. I was super excited about it because I thought it was a brilliant idea! My partner and I even dabbled about making it one of our side-hustles. (My partner is a major car-guy so if there was any way we can make some money back from our four vehicles, I’m all over it!)
Sadly, Uber was axed by the city due to various complicated and dramatic reasons I would rather not discuss here. Suffice it to say there were groups of people who were not very happy with Uber rocking the boat in the ride-hailing industry.
Uber was not able to come to a workable agreement with Calgary. However, Edmonton was successful in implementing Uber into their city. What gives Calgary? I love you but I think you’re being backward when it comes to this matter! #YYC4UBER
But fear not! The ride-sharing industry IS growing in Canada!
What you need to know about ride-sharing in Canada
As of right now, there are only 14 cities across the country offering ride-sharing services – all major urban cities. LowestRates.ca pulled together this great infographic to show you what’s up Canada:
Here are the 14 cities:
|1. Calgary||8. Guelph|
|2. Edmonton||9. Waterloo|
|3. Toronto / GTA||10. Kitchener|
|4. Ottawa||11. Niagara|
|5. Montreal||12. Windsor|
|6. Quebec City||13. Hamilton|
|7. London||14. Kingston|
LowestRates does a great job explaining the difficulties ride-sharing companies are having implanting themselves next to existing ride-hailing services (I’m looking at you taxi industry), the legalities of this type of service and what’s next for ride-sharing companies in Canada. I recommend you go on over there and read for yourself.As you can see, the market is still quite small and there’s still room for a lot of growth but that depends entirely on how receptive our cities choose to be.