One of the most preferred methods to earn an income in Canada for new immigrants is to register with either Lyft or Uber. In some cases you can make enough to keep you going while you study or find a job suitable to your qualifications. Like many others, you could work as an Uber driver full time, and make between $25,000 and $35,000 a year. More and more Canadians are opting to no longer own vehicles as the convenience of rideshare services and public transport have made it redundant for the most part. Let’s take a look at the rules, requirements and possibilities to become a permanent resident as an Uber driver in Canada.
Where to Work in Canada as an Uber Driver
We would recommend coming to Canada with enough money to buy your own car at least. You should also have enough funds to cover your living expenses for the first couple of months while you find your feet. The best thing, as you may know, is the flexibility you can enjoy working as a Uber driver in Canada. Depending on which province you want to live and work in though, there may be a few considerations to take into account:
You will need to provide proof that you are allowed to work in the province; meaning either a student visa (limited to 20 hours work per week) or a temporary foreign work permit (TFWP).
Your vehicle must be under 10 years old, have four doors, at least 5 seatbelts, no commercial branding, and must pass a vehicle inspection. It can’t have a salvage or rebuilt title. If you have a zero emission vehicle, you will pay a substantially smaller annual tax.
Provinces to Work as and Uber Driver in Canada
Alberta - The cities of Calgary and Edmonton allow uber drivers to operate. You have to be at least 21 years old and have an Alberta class 1,2 or 4 drivers license. On average Uber drivers in Alberta work 30 hours a week and make about $33,000 a year.
British Columbia - In BC you have the choice to work for Uber or Lyft, and can work through the entire lower mainland of the province from Squamish to Harrison Hot Springs. You must also be at least 21, have a class 1,2 or 4 drivers license and at least 3 years driving experience in the province. Expect to make an average of $29 an hour in BC.
Manitoba - You’ll be working in the capital city of Winnipeg. Rideshare is fairly new to the city so there is a good opportunity to break into the industry early. You’ll require a full class 1 to 5 Manitoba driver's license and be at least 21 years old. You will require a special ‘vehicle for hire’ insurance based on when you’ll be taking fares, so a little schedule planning will be required. There are also mandatory safety screenings.
New Brunswick - No rideshare services are operating in the province yet, however the towns of Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton are in the process of starting up, so keep an eye open for new opportunity.
Newfoundland and Labrador - Saint John’s is in the process of introducing a ridesharing service, Uber or Lyft, due to a shortage of public cabs in the city, so again, keep an eye on this province for opportunity in the near future.
Nova Scotia - It is only a matter of time before capital city Halifax introduces Uber and Lyft, the city is just ironing out a few kinks to do with regulations imposed on the current taxi system.
Ontario - Naturally, the most populous province in Canada has numerous opportunities for Uber drivers. 9 cities throughout the province have Uber and Lyft, so take your pick. You’ll need to be 21 and hold an Ontario G drivers license. In Toronto your vehicle may not be older than 7 years. Because the province is a little more saturated, earning potential is a bit lower, expect to make about $20 an hour.
Prince Edward Island - Drivers will require a class 4 taxicab license until a rideshare has established in this province
Quebec - Uber is the only established rideshare in the province. Full time drivers have reported earning up to $55,000 a year in Montreal. You must be at least 21 and hold a class 4C Quebec drivers license.
Saskatchewan - Uber is firmly in place in both Regina and Saskatoon. Also fairly new to the province, drivers earn around $20 per hour. You must hold a Class 4 drivers license and be 21 years of age. Uber has arranged a blanket insurance coverage with SGI for rideshare drivers in the province.
Choosing a Car to Work for Uber in Canada
As we mentioned, your car can’t be older than 10 years (less in some cities) and there are numerous benefits to choosing an eco-friendly car, so what would be the best choice when investing in the tool that will earn your income? You want to consider a number of factors such as fuel economy (very important), comfort and space. A larger car can double up for UberXL fares too. If you plan to be in the game for a while and make good money working as an Uber driver in Canada, take a look at this list of the most affordable electric cars available in Canada.
Can I Become a Permanent Resident of Canada?
It would be great if you could apply to become a permanent resident of Canada working as an Uber driver. It does however get a little tricky here; at the moment working for Uber is still recognized as working as an independent contractor by the Immigration and Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC). However earlier this year in a landmark decision, the supreme court of Canada voted in a 8 to 1 decision that Uber drivers in Canada can have labour issues resolved through provincial courts. As a result of this a class action lawsuit is underway that may see Uber drivers become eligible for a minimum wage, vacation days and other protections under the employment standards act, essentially making drivers who work more than a certain amount of hours a week full-time employees. So, the IRCC could accept full time Uber drivers into the NOC C - taxi and limousine drivers, chauffeurs. This opens up the door to programs such as the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, if you become a driver in one of the participating communities. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot, which will provide the opportunity to work as an Uber driver in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces and apply for permanent residency could be another option. The provinces that are taking part in the program are New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. We mentioned above that these province’s major hubs are all on the verge of introducing Uber into their communities. If you are eligible for permanent residency, there is a program suitable for you, we just need to find out which one.
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