How to Work in Canada as an Uber Driver
NOV 5, 2020
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 DriverWe 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.