Uber will officially cease all operations in Quebec as of October 14.
Uber’s Quebec manager Jean-Nicolas Guillemette confirmed the company’s departure during a press conference in Montreal today.
Uber is leaving Quebec due to new regulations implemented by the province last week, which include longer training hours for drivers and tightening the criminal record verification process.
“Obviously we were not expecting to be here today to announce that if nothing changes we will need to shut down our operation on October 14. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to have in-depth discussions with the government about training over the last few weeks,” said Guillemette during the conference.
“The reality is we care a lot about of employees, our driver partners. More than 5,000 drivers are on the platform every week to gain and to generate revenue. We want to protect them. So obviously we are open to discuss with the government.”
Uber has been operating in Quebec under a pilot project for nearly a year but there has been a strong pushback from the taxi industry.