Lyft is going to Canada in its first worldwide launch

Competition coming for Uber as Lyft expands to Toronto

After operating exclusively in the USA for the first five years of its existence, Lyft Inc. looks to launch an worldwide expansion.

The Canadian city is Lyft's first outside the USA. The company is expecting to launch next month, however it is not in a position just yet to announce passenger rates, driver fees, or details of its Toronto office.

Previously, Lyft operated internationally through partnerships with local ride-sharing companies, like Grab in Southeast Asia and Didi in China. It will operate exactly as it does in the US: Riders can open Lyft's app, request a ride, then take one to wherever they need to go.

Toronto city council introduced rules to allow the service to operate legally a year ago.


"We see an opportunity for ourselves in providing a better experience for everyone involved", said Houghton, in a swipe at its largest rival. The company is also beginning to sign up potential drivers now in advance of its rollout of its service. Uber, by comparison, was in more than 450 cities across the globe at the time.

Uber has argued the 35-hour provision hurts the firm's model of employing part-time and casual workers, who couldn't even try the service without the training. As of February, Lyft had a presence in 300 cities.

The city is four months late in reporting back on the first year of new ride-hailing rules introduced by Toronto city council.

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