Uber Is Finally Coming To Winnipeg This Spring & They're Hiring Drivers
They need drivers to launch.
If you're looking for a job or for another way to get around, you'll have a new option soon. Uber Winnipeg plans to roll into the city before the end of spring. However, the exact date of the launch is dependent on how quickly new drivers sign up.
The ride-sharing company is planning to finally come to Winnipeg in the next couple of months and they're already looking for people who want to be drivers.
"By the end of spring riders will be able to open the app, press a button and get a ride, and drivers will be able to flip on the app and start making money for their family whenever they want," said Michael van Hemmen, head of Uber’s western Canada operations, to CTV News.
People can now sign up to be a driver with the ride-sharing company and a licensing application will be filed with the city to get the ball rolling.
Since being an Uber driver is all about flexibility, there would need to be a lot of them in Winnipeg for there to be service in the city.
The specifics of the launch are still up in the air though.
"We don’t have a date set quite yet," van Hemmen told Global News. "That would largely be dependent upon how many drivers and how quickly drivers sign up and go through the process."
If its estimation stays the same, people in Winnipeg could be driving for the company or hailing a ride before June is over.
On the other side, it doesn't expect there to be a lack of riders in the city and van Hemmen said the app has been opened tens of thousands of times by Winnipeggers.
People have already made accounts using local area codes even though they can't even hail an Uber.
According to Global News, Winnipeg is the only major city in the west that doesn't have ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft operating.
Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) regulations mandate that drivers who want to work for a ride-sharing company have to buy their own special insurance and that's been keeping Uber away.
"So we’ve found a workable solution with MPI where drivers will have to get the existing MPI product, but Uber will be able to purchase private additional insurance to ensure that the entire trip is covered and everything is all good," said van Hemmen.
Uber already operates or is planning to roll out in major cities like Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto, Regina, Saskatoon, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
"We want to make sure people have multiple choices for how they get around our growing city," said Brian Bowman, mayor of Winnipeg, to CTV News.
In January, the ride-sharing company launchedin Canada to make sure people get into the right cars.