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UBER Officially Returns to Edmonton at Midnight Tonight; Just in Time for Canada Day

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Uber had been missed by many. Over 100k people took an Uber in Edmonton in 2015.

The rumors are true. Uber is making a comeback to Edmonton! Edmonton was the first city in Alberta to create a bylaw that allowed for ridesharing to take place within its city limits, but once the bylaw came into play, Uber had to take a ‘leave of absence’, and with that at least 1,000 Uber partners [drivers] lost their jobs; whether they were driving full-time for a living, or part-time for additional income.

Uber will be active in Edmonton midnight of Canada Day [July 1, 2016]!

Earlier today, Uber had e-mailed its former drivers and rideshare users in Edmonton, informing us that Uber is officially coming back tomorrow, Friday, July 1, 2016. What better day than the first day of a long weekend; that of Canada Day.

Potential Uber drivers will be most happy about the following:

Karim Hirji, an Intact Financial spokesman, said every driver operating on the Uber platform in Alberta will automatically be covered under the new policy provided by subsidiary Intact Insurance Co.

Uber was anxiously awaiting the return into Capital City, but there was nothing they could have done until the province of Alberta approved insurance regulations for rideshare drivers.

Uber Edmonton stated the following:

Earlier this year, the City of Edmonton passed ride-sharing regulations that encouraged innovation and welcomed ridesharing companies like Uber. As of July 1, 2016, the province of Alberta has approved an insurance product that allows Uber to fully operate within the City of Edmonton.Uber Edmonton

View the full Alberta rideshare insurance policy and its coverage [here].

BE PATIENT AT FIRST — Please keep in mind that it may not be as quick for an Uber driver to arrive to your pickup location for the first few weeks as it was last year. This is due to Uber Partners requiring a Class 4 drivers license before being able to drive for Uber. There will not be nearly as many drivers as there were at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.

[MY] FINAL THOUGHTS — My personal experience driving for Uber was exceptional. I will personally be getting my Class 4 drivers license so that I can return to driving for Uber. I had the opportunity to meet a lot of really great people, and the satisfaction of getting people home safely is like no other. Last year I drove over 1,000 people home – most of which were on Friday and Saturday nights.

Uber rideshare returns to Edmonton Alberta on Canada Day 2016

Are you happy to have Uber back? Will you be driving for them? Will you use Uber instead of TappCar or taxi? Let us know in the comments!


Jody Mitoma

Founder of Edmonton Talks News.

4 thoughts on “UBER Officially Returns to Edmonton at Midnight Tonight; Just in Time for Canada Day

  • Cari Sware
    June 30, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Wonder how many Tapp car drivers will return. I loved Uber. Welcome back.

    • Edmonton Talks News
      July 1, 2016 at 12:17 AM

      I’m not sure how happy TappCar drivers are, but if they are unhappy, I do see them making the switch! TappCar does have some differences over Uber; for example, you cannot rent a car with Uber specifically, but I do think TappCar does allow for this.

      I saw a TappCar driver parked at a gas station a few weeks back and I asked him a few questions. He informed me that it was slow, and that they were not getting many calls. There are over 300 TappCar drivers in Edmonton, and their best day to date was just over 3,000 calls. I’m sure their average day is closer to ~1,500 though.

      I’m not sure what Uber’s statistics are on that front, as they do not release this information publicly.

  • Kym Normandin
    June 30, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Sad however that a class 4 is needed. So there won’t be as many drivers, so expect a wait

    • Edmonton Talks News
      July 1, 2016 at 12:14 AM

      This is true, but the fact that the Class 4 is less than $200 to get, will probably get people signing up for the additional licensing – such as myself.

      I’m sure there will not be nearly as many drivers, but I have a feeling that a month or two in, there will still be hundreds upon hundreds of us. 🙂


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