Rideshare General and Legal Information

Is this like Uber or Lyft?

No, Uber and Lyft are “Ride Hailing” services. This means that you are calling for a professional driver to take you from one place to another in exchange for money. Ride hailing is more like a taxi service and a ridesharing/carpooling is more like friends or colleagues that are all travelling to the same place, sharing the costs.

What is Ridesharing?

A rideshare/carpool is defined as a driver offering their empty seats to people heading in the same direction. Any money exchanged is for the purpose of covering the costs of the journey and not for making a profit.

Is this Legal in Canada?

In Canada, carpooling is regulated at the provincial level. Provincial law allows the act of carpooling based on the following rules:

  1. The driver and passenger share a trip with a common origin and destination
  2. The driver does no more than one return trip per day
  3. The driver receives contributions towards their costs for the journey and does not make a profit
  4. The seating capacity of the vehicle is not more than 10 passengers

Below are links to the articles in the law related to carpooling for each Canadian province.

Please check the carpooling law where you intend on using the service.