Uber might be leaving Quebec for good

Sep 7 2016, 2:16 pm

Negotiations between Uber and the Quebec government are ongoing, with no agreement in sight.

The two sides have until midnight on Wednesday, September 7th to come to an agreement, or else Uber has said they will cease operations in Quebec.

Uber and the Quebec government have had all summer to negotiate an agreement, coming in the wake of Bill 100, which was passed on June 10th and declared that ride-hailing companies such as Uber had to abide by Quebec’s existing system of taxi permits.

The bill also stipulated that Uber and the government had until September 8th to create a pilot project that would allow Uber to remain in the city.

Despite the bill being passed nearly three months ago, the two parties have not been able to strike a deal.

Early Tuesday morning, Uber sent an email to its Quebec customers announcing that if the two fail to reach an agreement, “Uber will be forced to suspend operations in Quebec as of Wednesday, September 7 at 11:59pm.” They called upon customers to tweet their support for Uber at the Quebec government in an effort to demonstrate the importance of ridesharing, using the hashtag, #proUberQC.

In less than 24 hours, it’s possible that Montreal will have said goodbye to Uber forever.