Uber plans to expand ridesharing services across Quebec

Aug 26 2020, 8:27 am

Uber has announced plans to make its ridesharing services available to more Quebecers this fall.

Currently, the company’s services are available in Montreal, Gatineau, and specific areas of Quebec as part of Uber’s ongoing pilot program that launched in 2016.

The company’s press release says Bill 17 provincial regulations — which comes into in October — has now made Uber a “permanent part of the Quebec landscape, making the ridesharing app available to riders and drivers across the entire province – a first in Canada.”

Uber is also opening its application to traditional taxis, allowing taxi drivers the opportunity to access its platform for additional earning opportunities.

It says it is determined to continue working with local stakeholders and developing strong community partnerships to create the “best ridesharing experience for Quebecers.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to provide more Quebecers with access to safe, affordable and reliable rides,” said Jonathan Hamel, Head of Public Affairs for Uber in Quebec. “Since the beginning of our pilot programs in Quebec, we have been collaborating with the ministère des Transports and will continue to work with their teams and key industry stakeholders to develop sustainable mobility solutions for everyone, in all regions.”

Uber has put safety policies and features in place since the COVID-19 pandemic, including mandatory face masks and coverings, and having riders and drivers confirm they’ve taken “certain steps” to help stop the spread of the virus through Uber’s Go Online Checklist.

With its plans to expand across the province in the fall, Uber is encouraging Quebecers to sign up as a driver who are interested in “flexible earning opportunities.” Drivers can sign up at the Uber website and fill out a profile to become among the first on the road once expansion happens come October.

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