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Lyft Further Challenges Uber By Announcing An International Expansion Into Canada

Lyft Further Challenges Uber By Announcing An International Expansion Into Canada

It appears Uber will have some fresh competition in the city as popular USA ridesharing company Lyft expands to Toronto.

Up until now, Lyft has been USA -only, so this Toronto launch is a big move for the ride-hailing company. The news follows an earlier report that Lyft was poised to grab a third of the ride-hailing market in the United States in the latest sign that the company was continuing to profit off Uber's stumbles earlier in the year. The latter company has served more than 5 billion rides so far in 560 cities, while Lyft only passed the 500 million-ride mark last month.

In an email sent to CP24, Lyft spokesperson Daniel Moulton said the expansion will be bringing a "new affordable transportation option" to Toronto consumers. We see it as a world-class city. The company will begin driver recruitment today.

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Uber is the king of ride-hailing services, but has been embroiled in a number of controversies including allegations that the San Francisco-based company has a culture of sexism and sexual harassment and a history of poor treatment of drivers.

The ride-hailing service announced Monday it will start offering service in Toronto by the holidays, though it didn't specify an exact date. For example, Quebec wants drivers to complete 35 hours of training, which Uber said was not feasible for many of its drivers who have other jobs and only drive for the service part-time.