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Lyft is launching in Montreal soon

Montreal is slowly catching up to Toronto. Lyft has mentioned that they are looking to add Montreal to their list of Canadian locations where they operate. They have been operating in The Greater Toronto area since the end of 2018. They also have recently launched their service in Ottawa.

Lyft mentioned that they potentially will be launching in the summer of 2019 in Montreal. Lyft thinks that the new Bill 21 in Quebec will be good for their business, even though hundreds of taxi drivers there protested against it, and some even did self imposed harm, like cutting their wrists on live TV, to get media attention.

Bill 17 helps deregulate Quebec’s taxi industry and makes it easier for ride sharing companies to open up there. Quebec government has also said that taxi drivers will be compensated for the inconvenience.

Lyft is currently in talks with Quebec to get the best deal sorted out. Ideally they said they want to launch in Montreal, Gatineau, and Quebec City.

Bonne Chance! Launch date in Quebec is coming soon (and will be updated here).

And if you are looking for a job in social media or software engineering, Lyft is hiring in Montreal – make sure to apply today: https://www.lyft.com/careers?location=montreal%252C%2520canada

Lyft, Popular Ride Sharing, is about to Enter Canada

Whether you like it or hate it, Uber is here to stay (well unless you live in the Province of Quebec where Uber is being forced out by the governments’ overzealous regulations). It is a great way if you want to save money while going around the city, and they accept credit cards with no issues and do not take you around the block 10 times to hike your fair.

But things will get even better for Canadians living in Toronto at least. Lyft, Uber’s competition, is getting ready to enter Canada at the end of this year.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BOn6AP4Dc1Q/

This might give you few different options when getting around as now you will be able to compare prices and services that two companies have to offer. Maybe this will even get the prices down?

Lyft is also known as a) a safer alternative to Uber, b) have better reputation for their drivers’ care.

Lyft has very strict background check on their drivers and requires $1 million liability insurance from their drivers.

One more thing that Lyft does better is the introduction of dash decal that lights up when picking up a passenger, making it very simple for drivers and passengers to find each other.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BM2cKkuDzeU/?hl=en&taken-by=lyft

It will certainly be a risk for Lyft to launch in Canada (remember Target?) as it will be their first international market outside the US. They are going to go slow about it and only launch in Toronto area to check out the market and work out any kinks before expanding to other major cities like Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa.